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Sarita Gupta Biography

Co-Executive Director at Jobs With Justice
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“Economic inequality continues to increase in the United States. The richest 1 percent control almost 40 percent of our country’s wealth, while people earning the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour are living near or below the poverty line in almost every state. Women, who make up two-thirds of the minimum wage workforce, are most severely impacted.

Increasing wages seems like a no-brainer. Minimum wage raises across the board would put women and men on equal economic footing, as well as spur economic growth. Higher wages put more money in the pockets of more people and boost consumer spending, increasing overall economic activity. Boosting the minimum wage also would help shrink the gender pay gap and the imbalances of power in the workplace that come with it. On average, women earn only about 80 cents per every dollar that a man earns. And the gap is even wider for Black and Latina women.”

“Why Women Fight for $15 Minimum Wage,” Women’s Media Center, Jan. 10, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Executive Director, Jobs With Justice, July 2018-present
  • Co-Director, Caring Across Generations, July 2011-present
  • Executive Director, Jobs With Justice, Mar. 2007-July 2018
  • National Field Director, Jobs With Justice, Sep. 2004-Mar. 2007
  • Field Organizer, Jobs With Justice, Oct. 2002-Sep. 2004
  • Executive Director, Chicago Jobs With Justice, Oct. 1998-Oct. 2002
  • President, United States Student Association (USSA), 1997
  • Vice President, United States Student Association (USSA), 1996
  • BA, Women’s Health & Society and Biology, Mount Holyoke College, 1996
  • Twitter handle: @SaritaSGupta
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?