American Women Statement on D.C.'s Minimum Wage Increase

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2016

American Women Statement on D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today American Women’s Executive Director Kate Black issued the following statement on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signing the minimum wage increase into law:

“We applaud the leadership of District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on signing legislation that will raise the city’s minimum wage. This legislation is a welcome relief for the thousands of minimum-wage workers in the District.

“Nationally, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women and more than half are 25 or older.

“Raising the city’s minimum wage will not only increase the wages of workers, which is deeply needed, but it will also reduce staff turnover and reduce the unemployment rate, which results in a boost to the local economy.

“The reality is that our workforce has changed, with women now making up nearly half of the labor force, and they are primary or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American households.

“We praise D.C.’s mayor and city council members for supporting this family-friendly policy and giving hardworking women and families in the District a raise.”  

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