Top Pro & Con Arguments

Pro

A minimum wage increase would help to reduce race and gender inequality.

Despite representing 47% of US workers, women make up 63% of minimum wage workers. [23] [128] African Americans represent 12% of the US workforce, and make up 17.7% of minimum wage earners. [25] [26] 16% of the labor force is Hispanic, and they represent 21.5% of workers making the minimum wage. [25] [26] In a time when the median income for women is 78% of the national median income, and African Americans and Hispanics make 67% and 79% of the median income respectively, increasing the minimum wage is necessary to create a more equitable income distribution for disadvantaged groups. [27]

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