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$15,080 per year.

That’s what moms like Ethel from Maryland, and millions of women, are making working full-time earning the federal minimum wage.

This hurts families. This hurts our economy. This hurts us all.

*Tell Congress to Raise the Wage now:

A seldom-discussed fact is that women make three-quarters of purchasing decisions in our consumer-fueled economy, and when people don’t have funds to spend, then our whole economy suffers.

It turns out that raising the federal minimum wage also raises our economy.  And, it’s time to do just that! 

But it’s going to take all of us raising our voice, signing onto letters, and sharing our stories to raise the wage.  So after you sign on, then please post the action link on Facebook and Twitter.

*It’s time for all of us to write Congress TODAY and tell them to raise the minimum wage:

The current federal minimum has been stuck at $7.25 per hour for the past 5 years, falling behind inflation and behind the cost of living. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and many are moms.  Too many people are working full-time and still having to choose between paying the rent, putting food on the table, gas in the car, and buying medicine for their kids.

The honest truth is no mother, and no person, working full-time should have to live in poverty.

Ethel writes, “I’m a single mom of three, working on minimum wage and have to get help from the state in order to get by. There really is no way to try and raise a family on this wage but single moms have to do what needs to be done: work, work, work, with no rest and try their best to make sure their family is ok. But it’s hard.”

*Don’t forget to write your members of Congress today and tell them that the time has come to raise the minimum wage!

Raising the minimum wage boosts our economy. If Congress raises the minimum wage to $10.10, then we all win because our economy as a whole will see a boost.

In fact, studies show that 85,000 new jobs would be created just by raising the minimum wage. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says a raise in the minimum wage would help our economy by increasing household spending nationwide by about $48 billion, even benefiting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

*So let’s tell Congress to pass the minimum wage increase now so we all can win. A raise in the minimum wage will boost workers, families, and our economy.

Don’t forget: It’s going to take all of our voices to grow MOMentum around this issue.  So, after signing on to the petition please forward this blog to all your friends—and copy the link to Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for joining us in working toward raising the minimum wage and speaking out for all moms and dads.

Also do you have an experience earning a minimum or tipped wage? If so, MomsRising wants to hear from you! You can share your story here:


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