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Opinion: Black women delivered for Biden. Now it's time for Congress to deliver on a $15 minimum wage

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A woman walks past a large sign during an event commemorating International Women's Day and calling for a $15 minimum wage increase on the National Mall in Washington, DC on March 8, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Unlike with other, similarly fraught challenges, we know raising wages can make a huge dent in inequity.

Black women helped deliver the presidency and the Senate to the Democrats, who ran on the promise of a $15 an hour minimum wage, among other things.

They have another opportunity with the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years and help decrease both the racial and gender wealth gaps that Black women face.

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour — and eliminating the abysmal $2. 13 federal subminimum wage for tipped workers, who are mostly women and disproportionately women of color — is long overdue.

More than one-third of Black women and nearly 31% of Hispanic women would benefit from a $15 minimum wage; but an increase would also lift wages across the board, with 23. 6% of White women and 18. 4% of all White workers benefiting, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute.

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