It has been dubbed the "mancession." During the past year's economic collapse, job losses have been sharply higher in male-dominated industries like manufacturing and construction than in sectors like health care, services, retail, and hospitality where many women tend to work. This reality is forcing families to rely more than ever on women's wages to make ends meet.
But while unemployment is lower for women, so are their wages. That's why this month's boost in the federal minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour couldn't come at a better time, especially because the overwhelming majority of minimum-wage earners are adult women, many of whom support children.