Today, more than 2,000 workers will be protesting to raise the minimum wage to $15 at McDonald’s corporate headquarters during the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Oak Brook, IL.
This demonstration is part of a nationwide movement for better work conditions for low-wage workers. The minimum wage battle is an especially important issue for women, who are highly concentrated in low-wage jobs and occupations.
According to The White House Council on Women and Girls, more than half of the workers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage are women. Female workers are contributing more and more to their family’s earnings, and raising the minimum wage would help to make these difficult jobs pay enough for women and their families to survive on.
The White House is calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, and calling on us to spread the message. Here’s how raising the minimum wage will help women succeed: