1:45 pm, February 14th | by Colette McIntyre
One of the more interesting proposals that President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address was an argument to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to inflation. In a speech that garnered a loud ovation in the House chamber, Obama declared a higher minimum wage vital to “a rising, thriving middle class.” You might not expect it, but the question of what minimum wage ought to be is actually a specifically feminist issue.
12:30 pm, August 18th | by Amy Tennery
A new House initiative introduced this summer aims to raise the minimum wage to $9.80 per hour, up from $7.25. This seems eminently reasonable, particularly when you do the math on what kind of yearly pay this would yield for your typical, 40-hour-a-week worker ($20,384).