Minimum Wage

The Center for American Progress has long worked to build the policy case for raising the minimum wage and eliminating the subminimum wage for people with disabilities and tipped workers. The following research and analyses demonstrate how people deserve to be paid fairly for their work and how a higher minimum wage would—rather than limit job growth—provide financial stability for families and boost overall economic growth.

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Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be Transformative for Women Article
A woman wears a mask and gloves as she works as a cashier at a supermarket in Miami, April 2020. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be Transformative for Women

Women make up the majority of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, as they are overrepresented in tipped and low-wage jobs.

Diana Boesch, Robin Bleiweis, Areeba Haider

The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty Report

The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty

Nearly 11 million children are living in poverty in America. Here is how the crisis reached this point—and what steps must be taken to solve it.

Areeba Haider

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas Article
A woman folds laundry for a client at a laundromat in Los Angeles, October 2014. (Getty/Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas

Latina Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder that Latinas make 54.5 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. New analysis demonstrates that the difference is even starker for Latinas who work for tips: Tipped Latina workers earn 65 percent less than nontipped white, non-Hispanic men.

March 1 Is Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay Day Article
A cashier checks out a customer in Lakewood, Colorado, August 11, 2017. (Getty/Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

March 1 Is Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay Day

March 1, 2018 marks how far into the new year America's lowest-paid workers must work just to earn the same amount they did in 2009, when Congress last increased the federal minimum wage.

Rachel West

Meet the 1 Percenter Who Wants to Pay More Taxes Podcast

Meet the 1 Percenter Who Wants to Pay More Taxes

Michele and Igor sit down with CAP Senior Fellow Seth Hanlon and entrepreneur and 1 percenter Nick Hanauer to talk about the Republican tax plan and trickle-down economics.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

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