Tsedeye Gebreselassie

Tsedeye Gebreselassie is a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. She works on research and advocacy around policies for promoting good jobs.

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Women and the Minimum Wage

The increase in the federal minimum wage helps women -- but not nearly enough.

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It has been dubbed the "mancession." During the past year's economic collapse, job losses have been sharply higher in male-dominated industries like manufacturing and construction than in sectors like health care, services, retail, and hospitality where many women tend to work. This reality is forcing families to rely more than ever on women's wages to make ends meet. But while unemployment is lower for women, so are their wages. That's why this month's boost in the federal minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour couldn't come at a better time, especially because the overwhelming majority of minimum-wage earners are adult women, many of whom support children. The minimum wage effectively sets pay scales for jobs like home health aides, child-care workers, waitresses, retail clerks, and janitors -- in which millions of women today spend their career. The decline in the real value of the minimum wage over the past 40 years has dragged down pay in these sectors, which are some of the...