On March 8, International Women’s Day, North Carolina legislators are introducing a bill to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 within 5 years. Will you join the Women’s March on Raleigh in support of the Raising Wages NC Coalition to support them?
Two-thirds of low-wage earners are women, and many are the sole financial providers for their children. Full-time employment with no vacation and paid at minimum wage earns $15,080 per year. That’s $7.25 per hour, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. $15,080. It is not liveable. It is not conscionable.
It is, however, fixable. Raise the minimum wage: full-time work should equal a living wage.
To honor “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity," March 8th is also being hailed as “A Day Without A Woman.” In North Carolina, here are few things you can do to support working women:
Showcase your work with photos: use hashtags #WomenMobilizeNC #DayWithoutAWoman #15in5
Leverage your economic power by spending only at women-owned businesses. Need help identifying them? Start here: http://bit.ly/2naR5f0 Otherwise, don’t shop. Women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of purchases. Make our purchasing power felt
Donate to an organization that supports women like the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Women (NCNOW), SisterSong, Lillian’s List, Planned Parenthood, or Interact of Wake County.
Wear red to show solidarity with women