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RNC Communications - March 27, 2014

Raising the minimum wage won’t do anything for those without jobs. So yes Democrats, jobs are a women’s issue. President Obama and the Democrats’ inability to tackle our economic problems is an issue for millions of Americans. With their populist plan fizzling and the headlines being what they are, this is nothing more than the Democrats being desperate to change the subject.

“Raising the minimum wage won’t do anything for women without jobs. The reality is that under Obama’s watch, life for women has gotten harder as we face higher levels of poverty, lower incomes and ObamaCare continues to hold back economic growth.” – RNC  spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski

BACKGROUND:

Poverty

Since Obama Became President The Poverty Rate For Women Has Increased To 16.3 Percent From 14.4 Percent.(Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

  • 3.7 Million More Women Were In Poverty Since Obama Became President. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

Since Obama Became President The Poverty Rate For Women Under 18 Increased To 22.3 Percent From 19.2 Percent. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

  • 1.1 Million More Women Under 18 Were In Poverty Since Obama Became President.  (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

Female Households With Children Under 18 Saw Their Poverty Rate Increase To 56.1 Under Obama From 53.8 Percent In 2009. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

  • 722,000 More Female Led Households With Children Under 18 Were In Poverty In 20012 Than In 2009. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

Incomes

The Wall Street Journal Headline: “Women Lagging On Job Creation, Shifting To Lower-Wage Industries.”(Josh Mitchell, “Women Lagging On Job Creation, Shifting To Lower-Wage Industries,” The Wall Street journal’s Real Time Economics, 2/7/14)

  • As Public Sector Jobs Are Cut, Women Are Shifting Into Lower-Paying Fields Such As Retail And Leisure And Hospitality. “Women are suffering from public-sector job cuts and shifting into lower-paying fields such as retail and leisure and hospitality, as their job gains fail to keep up with men in the recovery.” (Josh Mitchell, “Women Lagging On Job Creation, Shifting To Lower-Wage Industries,” The Wall Street journal’s Real Time Economics, 2/7/14)

Women Have Seen Their Earnings Relative To Male Earnings Decline Under Obama From 77.1 Percent In 2008 To 76.5 Percent In 2012. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

  • Women Have Seen Their Median Income Fall By $733 Since Obama Became President. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)
  • Under Obama, Women With A Bachelor’s Degree Have Seen Incomes Decline By $1,419. (Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Department, Accessed 3/20/14)

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