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Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers — and full-time, year-round work at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour leaves a woman with two children thousands of dollars below the poverty line. We're working to raise the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage at the federal level and in the states to boost women's economic security and help close the wage gap.

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Women are at least half of minimum wage earners in every state. View our state-by-state map to learn more about the minimum wage where you live.

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Issue Briefs | States with Equal Minimum Wages for Tipped Workers Have Smaller Wage Gaps for Women Overall and Lower Poverty Rates for Tipped Workers

November 4, 2014

Raising the federal minimum cash wage for tipped workers—ideally, by eliminating it altogether—is a crucial step toward fair pay for women and economic security for their families.

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Fact Sheet | Fair Pay for Women Requires a Fair Minimum Wage

April 29, 2015

Millions of workers—mostly women—struggle to make ends meet on minimum wage earnings. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 per hour by 2020, then index it to keep pace with wages overall. The bill would also eliminate the federal minimum cash wage for tipped workers—which has been frozen at just $2.13 per hour for nearly 25 years—by gradually raising it until it is equal to the regular minimum wage. Establishing one fair minimum wage is a key step toward fair pay for women.

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Issue Briefs | Higher State Minimum Wages Promote Fair Pay for Women

October 1, 2014

Raising the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage are important steps towards closing the wage gap for women.

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Fact Sheet | 10 Reasons Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Is a Women’s Issue

October 1, 2014

This fact sheet lists 10 reasons why raising the minimum wage is a women's issue.  Passing the Fair Minimum Wage Act would help close the wage gap and result in a raise for more than 15 million working women.

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More Resources

Fact Sheet | Fair Pay for Women Requires a Fair Minimum Wage

April 29, 2015

Fact Sheet | Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

April 09, 2015

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Home Care Workers

March 03, 2015

Fact Sheet | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

February 26, 2015

Infographics and Internet Memes | Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State

January 05, 2015