Last updated on: 10/2/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Ayanna Pressley Biography

Title:
US Representative (D-WA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"
Reasoning:

“For women and men across the country, this [minimum wage] raise is long overdue. Congress hasn’t passed a wage increase for more than a decade. The bill the House is likely to vote on this week, the Raise the Wage Act, would increase the hourly minimum gradually from $7.25 to $15 in 2024.

Passing this legislation would mean that millions of women will get a necessary raise. Many work hard every day performing services that are essential to our communities and our society, and yet they earn so little that they still worry about paying their bills. We’re talking, for example, about the more than half a million childcare workers whose typical pay is just $11.17 per hour. And we’re talking about the nearly 800,000 home health aides whose median pay is $11.63.

The overwhelming share of individuals doing the life-supporting, honorable, and extremely challenging work of caring for our children, people with disabilities, and seniors are women. These types of female-dominated, low-paid jobs are in the fields with the largest projected growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, Wall Street employees, who are predominantly male, made an average of $422,500 (over $200 per hour) in 2017.”

Cowritten with Pramila Jayapal, “Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley: Raising the Minimum Wage Is a Women’s Issue,” teenvogue.com, July 18, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative (D-WA), 2019-present
  • Former Councilperson, Boston City Council
  • Former Constituency Director and Political Director, Senator John Kerry
  • Former volunteer, reelection campaign, Senator John Kerry
  • Former Senior Aide, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II
Education:
  • attended, Boston University, 1992-1994
Other:
  • Pressley is the first woman of color to represent her district in Massachusetts.
  • Twitter handle: @AyannaPressley
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?