Trump or Treat
Trump’s misogyny has put women rights associations and gender equality deffenders on alert. However, it is true that some victories on Minimum Wage and Child Care pushed by grassroots movements went unnoticed after Election Day. For example, Cincinnati voters approved an initiative to boost school funding that directly invests $15 million into the expansion of universal preschool for about 6,000 children, covering the vast majority of citywide demand for services. Maine and Arizona approved a $12 phrased-in hourly base wage, along with a key family-focused benefit, paid sick days. Flagstaff, Arizona, will reach a citywide $15 hourly floor wage by 2021.
Overall, minimum-wage measures have addressed the wealth divide not through shallow campaign-trail identity politics but simply by default: Women and workers of color tend to work lower-paying jobs. As reported today in The Nation.