What’s at Stake Today

There are over 23 million workers in the low-wage workforce, and two-thirds of them are women. Even in these low-wage occupations, women are typically paid 15 percent less than their male counterparts — and the gap is even larger for women of color. Women’s over-representation in low-wage jobs means that securing women’s economic success requires improving working conditions and income supports for low-wage workers.

What Is NWLC Doing?

We champion key policies that will improve the lives of women working in low-paying jobs. These policies will support those workers’ families, too — and they’ll make our economy stronger for everyone.

Women working in low-wage jobs need higher wages — we can start by raising the minimum wage — and other key policy supports, including family tax credits, affordable health insurance, nutrition and housing assistance, and access to the full range of reproductive health care.

We’ve also got to support workers with family responsibilities by expanding access to child care assistance and early education, ending abusive work scheduling practices, and ensuring paid sick days and paid family leave. Plus, we must strengthen and enforce protections against employment discrimination, create pathways to opportunity for more women workers, and strengthen opportunities for collective action.