This week, President Obama presented his case to raise the minimum wage from a fresh angle: not only is it an economic equality issue, it's a women's issue. Here's why.
In a White House report released on Wednesday, writes USA Today, the Obama administration says that the financial gain in moving the minimum wage up to $10.10 from $7.25 would help women more than men. Why? We make up a large chuck of minimum wage or low-wage sector jobs like “personal care and health care support occupations.” Think home health care aids, waitresses, custodians, and child care.
According to Betsey Stevenson, a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, raising the minimum wage would reduce the wage gap between women by 5 percent.
This White House push coincides with Democratic congressional candidates making a minimum wage hike part of their campaigns. Conversely, Republican Governors like Texas' Rick Perry — who is still threatening to run for President because Mitt Romney embarrassing him on stage during all of those debates wasn’t enough — is saying that the wage gap isn’t such a big deal and those trixy Texan lawmakers just put the issue up for him to deny as a move in the larger political game. Don't you see? Listen to him try to make that ridiculous point during a tense appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe. It's so clear that none of the hosts want to entertain Perry but were instructed to offset their disgust by saying, 'He's surprisingly charming.'
Too bad those Clark Kent glasses won't make your ideas any smarter, Rick.
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