Waitress’s Wages Leave Little to Take Home

A waitress in a family-style restaurant in Detroit says it’s a struggle to make ends meet. Most servers are women and they are subject to a sub-minimum wage that hasn’t been raised since 1991. Family members often provide a crucial safety net.

‘Part Time’ Cleaner Survives by Constant Work

Rosalina Miranda works at all hours of the day as a cleaner of warehouses and offices in New Jersey. After 15 years she’s unhappy about never getting a raise. Her best hope could be lawmakers now debating a proposed hike in the state’s minimum wage.

Tipped Workers Hope for Hike in Sub-Minimum Wage

After decades of enduring frozen wages, the nation’s 3.3 million tipped workers — most of whom are women — may receive a minimum-pay hike. This could alleviate what economist Sylvia A. Allegretto calls an under-appreciated factor in women’s poverty.