| Dear Supporter,
Happy International Women’s Day!
Often forgotten in celebration is that International Women’s Day was born out of the U.S. labor movement. In 1908, fifteen thousand women marched through New York City protesting the working conditions of the city’s garment workers, demanding better pay, shorter hours, and the right to vote.1 That event was the spark for a global movement centered around the rights of women that continues today and that is recognized annually on March 8.2
While strides have been made toward gender parity across the globe, there is much left to achieve, including here in the United States.
Here’s just one example:
The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised from $7.25 an hour in more than a decade. If it had kept up with productivity, it would be over $24 an hour.3 The $15 wage that has been debated this winter would already be a compromise.
Rarely mentioned in media coverage is the fact that nearly 19 million women would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage -- many of them women of color. These workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic as “essential workers” risking their health and safety to provide for their families.4
Join RootsAction in celebrating International Women’s Day by urging your representatives and senators to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour. Doing so is one step closer to eliminating the gender pay gap.
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1. BBC: "International Women's Day 2018: History, Strikes and Celebrations"
2. Time: "The Radical Reason Why March 8 Is International Women's Day"
3. Dean Baker, Common Dreams: "If Worker Pay Had Kept Pace With Productivity Gains Since 1968, Today's Minimum Wage Would Be $24 an Hour"
4. EPI: "Why the U.S. Needs a $15 Minimum Wage"