Invisible Women Workers, Right in Front of Our Eyes
Women dominate low-wage hospitality industry jobs and minimum wage and tip credit debates overwhelmingly impact women workers. They work invisibly, yet in plain sight.
Work life’s financial rewards most reluctantly accumulate to women. Women still earn 20% less than male counterparts for the same work.
Minimum wage increases overwhelmingly affect women workers. Family childcare and eldercare responsibilities still force women to choose between caring for family and going to work.
Invisibility makes discounting women workers’ contributions easier.
In the 2014 Women’s Economic Security Act, Minnesota took important steps to improve women’s family and financial stability. It’s an overdue step but it’s not enough. What can Minnesota do to aid women workers and address long-term wage and working conditions inequity?
How do we make invisible workers visible?
This conversation is open all day. Debra Fitzpatrick, Program Director of the University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute’s Center on Women and Public Policy, and home care worker, Jane Conrad have been contributing their wisdom to the conversation.
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