Nely Garcia is a cancer survivor, a mom and a hard worker. As a custodian, she makes $9 an hour. Right now women make up more than half of the 28 million workers who would benefit from President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. What's more, 31 percent of working women who would benefit have children – like Nely. Nely struggles every day to provide for her family. After receiving each paycheck, she has to make difficult decisions, like deciding between buying food and clothing for her son or paying the rent. She told us that she’s not looking for a handout, just a fair wage in return for her hard work – a wage that will give her and her son the boost they need for a better life. “I dream of sending my 8-year-old son to college so he can work with a computer and not a broom,” she says.
Watch Nely, other workers, business owners and community leaders share why increasing the minimum wage is the right thing and the smart thing to do:
If Congress raised the wage to $10.10, it would put more money in the pockets of millions of moms like Nely. That's enough money to pay for a year's worth of groceries, or even 6 months of rent. It would allow them to more easily provide for their families instead of making heartbreaking choices every day. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree: It's time to reward hard work with a fair wage. If you think it's time to #RaiseTheWage for millions of Americans, share this video. Tania Mejia is a special assistant in the department's Office of Public Affairs.