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Higher State Minimum Wages Promote Fair Pay for Women

Women working full time, year round typically make only 78 percent of what their male counterparts make—leaving a wage gap of 22 cents on the dollar. One reason for this wage gap is that women are concentrated in low-wage jobs: two-thirds of minimum wage workers as well as two-thirds of workers in tipped occupations are women.2  Raising the minimum wage would help close this gap by increasing wages for workers at the bottom of the spectrum. Raising the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage are important steps towards fair pay for women—especially women of color.

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