WOMEN

The Significance Of The Minimum Wage For Women And Families

Barista Kim Jung Mi, a mother who had left the workforce seven years ago and is now employed by Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. un
Barista Kim Jung Mi, a mother who had left the workforce seven years ago and is now employed by Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. under its 'returning-mom' program, right, works behind the counter with a colleague at one of the company's stores in Gimpo, South Korea, on Friday, March 7, 2014. Starbucks Korea's 'returning-mom' program is part of a drive to raise female participation in Asia's fourth-largest economy as the nation's first female leader, President Park Geun Hye, tries to counter the effects of an aging population. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

I want to focus on the impact of the minimum wage on women.

Let’s start with a few statistics. The typical worker earning the minimum wage is not a teenager and is not male. She is an adult woman. Adult women are the single biggest demographic group among minimum wage workers, far outnumbering teenagers of both genders and men of all ages.

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