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Raising Minimum Wage Helps Women More! 3/19/19 Press Conference

Lawmakers, workers, business owners to announce on 3/19/19 legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years, ending sub-minimum wages, repealing exemptions for agricultural and domestic workers. This $15in5 type bills has been introduced before and would help women more than anyone else. 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Full time minimum wage workers are paid only $15,080 a year. Near impossible to live on that, especially for a woman with children.

This picture is from outside the Legislative Building Press Conference Room on International Day in 2017, 3/8/17, when women showed up en mass to support a previous $15in5 bill.

View from outside the Press Conference Room on 3/8/17. Photo Credit: Amy Hellmers

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“Women’s Equality Through Time” event on 8/28/15 drew hundreds!

It was a beautiful day, and we had a passionate, energetic crowd and speakers. The timing was great too – using the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and talking about what women still need.  Elected officials, Durham City Council members, Durham County Commissioners and 300 plus people marched in solidarity and in support of Women’s Rights.  

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Part of Crowd at the Old Durham Courthouse in the gathering before the march.

Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

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