Although the number of women employed in Minnesota is about 150,000 fewer than men, a greater number of women are working low-wage jobs. As a result, the majority of the 360,000 workers who would benefit from a $9.50-an-hour Minnesota minimum wage, 57 percent (or 202,133 workers), are women.
A stronger minimum-wage policy would boost purchasing power among Minnesota women by nearly $256 million annually. This would come at a time when wages overall have been stagnant and with median household income declining since 2000 by $5,400 in constant 2011 dollars. The minimum wage itself has been losing purchasing power since the late 1960s, falling to $7.25 when it should be more than $10 adjusted for inflation.