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Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst

Katherine Gallagher Robbins

Katherine Gallagher Robbins is a Senior Policy Analyst for Family Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center where she examines how tax and budget policies influence the financial stability and security of low-income women and families.  Before joining the Center in 2010, Ms. Gallagher Robbins worked as an organizer for the California Public Interest Research Group at the University of California, San Diego. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

My Take

Minimum Wage Rates Go Up In 13 States for 2014, Increasing Wages for More than 2.5 Million Workers

Posted by | Posted on: January 03, 2014 at 12:15 pm

The minimum wage rose in thirteen states at the start of 2014. New Jersey saw the largest boost of $1 per hour thanks to New Jersey voters, who overwhelmingly approved the wage increase on the state’s ballot in November. Minimum wages have also gone up in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island due to legislative action in 2013. (California also enacted a minimum wage increase in 2013, which will begin to phase in on July 1.) Minimum wages in the other nine states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington – increased automatically because they are indexed to inflation, a policy that ensures the minimum wage keeps pace with the rising cost of living.

According to analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, more than 2.5 million workers will get a raise from the increases that went into effect on January 1. In nearly every affected state, women are a majority of minimum wage workers. The economies of these states will also benefit: the higher minimum wages will add more than $619 million to GDP in 2014.


Low-Wage Jobs Disproportionately Filled by Women and Long-Term Unemployment Remains Painfully High in November

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: December 06, 2013 at 01:54 pm

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on unemployment and job growth for November. Here are the key take away points from NWLC’s analysis:

 Despite a month of strong growth, low-wage jobs were disproportionately filled by women:

  • In November, women’s strongest job gains were in education and health (+39,000), professional and business services (which includes the low-wage temporary help services sector) (+17,000), and retail (+15,600).
  • Men’s strongest job gains were in transportation and warehousing (+26,700), professional and business (+18,000), and manufacturing (+17,000).
  • In November, 24 percent of women’s job gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality. Only 15 percent of men’s gains came in these two sectors. (Gender data on the temporary help services sector are not yet available for November).


Five Things to Know About Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap in the States

Posted by | Posted on: November 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

This week the Census released new state data that we used to look at the gender wage gap in earnings for African-American and Hispanic women working full time, year round as compared to white, non-Hispanic men in all 50 states and D.C.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know:

  1. Washington, D.C.’s gender wage gap is the smallest in the nation – but the wage gaps for Hispanic and African-American women in D.C. rank among the ten worst in the country.
  2. Based on these wage gaps, the difference in lifetime earnings between African-American women and white, non-Hispanic men over a 40-year career would be more than $1 million in five states and D.C. For Hispanic women, it would be more than $1 million in 21 states and D.C.

10 Reasons it’s Great that President Obama Supports a $10.10 Minimum Wage

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: November 08, 2013 at 02:31 pm

It’s official.  President Obama, who has long supported a minimum wage increase, has come out in support of Senator Harkin’s (D-IA) and Representative Miller’s (D-CA) Fair Minimum Wage Act

Here are 10 reasons this great news for women and families:

  1. Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers.
  2. Women of color are disproportionately represented among female minimum wage workers.
  3. One in four working mothers would get a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour.

10 Vital Programs that Cost Less in a Year than Shutting Down the Government Has Cost Taxpayers So Far

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: October 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

The National Priorities Project reports that shutting down the government costs about $6.667 million per hour.

How does this compare to the annual budgets for programs that are vital to women and families?