All of Karen Handel’s Awful Positions on Women’s Rights

But the minimum wage disproportionately affects adult women, who make up early two-thirds of minimum wage workers, according to the National Women’s Law Center. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which hasn’t changed since 2009, and it leaves minimum-wage earners below the poverty line (Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15). Many states have higher minimum wages and this helps to minimize the gender pay gap, according to a study by the NWLC. The pay gap doesn’t exist, though, according to Handel, who said in 2014, “I’ve been in the corporate world for virtually my entire career and I’ve never had any disparity like that.”