The minimum wage is falling short for millions of Americans — especially for women, who represent about two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and at least half of minimum wage workers in every state. Today, the federal minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour, and full-time earnings of $14,500 a year leave a family of three thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line.
More than 35 years after the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnant women still face challenges on the job. Pregnant workers, especially those in physically demanding jobs, are often terminated, forced to quit, or involuntarily placed on unpaid "medical" leave because they ask for simple, reasonable, and temporary accommodations during their pregnancies.
King v. Burwell is the latest Supreme Court case to challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case focuses on the financial help, in the form of tax credits, provided to low and moderate-income individuals and their families — the majority of whom are women — to make monthly health insurance premiums more affordable.
More than one in seven women, nearly 18.0 million, lived in poverty last year. Poverty rates were particularly high for families headed by single mothers — about four in ten (39.6 percent) were poor. Nearly six in ten poor children (58.8 percent) lived in female-headed families in 2013. Read more »
More than 35 million mothers live with minor children in the United States; 6.5 million, nearly one in five, are poor; and another 3.6 million live between 100 percent and 150 percent of the poverty line. The challenges of unequal pay and low wages that many women face—especially women of color—are compounded by the additional responsibilities many mothers bear, particularly single mothers. Read more »