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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.


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.


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.


Fact Sheet | Fair Pay for Women Requires Increasing the Minimum Wage and Tipped Minimum Wage

October 1, 2014

Each year, millions of workers are paid the minimum wage and rely on these wages to support themselves and their families.  But the federal minimum wage hasn't increased since 2009 and the tipped minimum cash wage hasn't increased since 1991. Raising the federal minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage is vital for women, who made up about two-thirds of all workers who earned minimum wage or less in 2012. 


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.


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.

Download the full fact sheet below.


More Resources

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

Issue Briefs | The Minimum Wage and the EITC: Complementary Strategies Helping Women Lift Their Families Out of Poverty

December 19, 2014