The economy intersects with every policy area and to have a strong country, we must have a strong domestic and international economy.
The federal minimum wage is currently an unacceptable, unliveable $7.25 an hour. The earnings at this wage are well below the cost of living in every part of the country, forcing many people to take additional jobs just to survive. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour to incentivize economic mobility and pay workers a living wage.
Women in America are only paid 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. Even though the Equal Pay Act has been law since the Kennedy administration, the disparity in pay between men and women in the workplace is still present. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and giving the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce more authority to enforce the law and penailze wage disparaties.
The United States is the only developed nation in the world without some form of paid maternity leave. New parents, especially mothers, have been forced to navigate a patchwork system combining unpaid leave and vacation days so that they can have the time to properly recover and take care of their newborn child. Paid leave is only available to those who work for corporations that permit it, which only 13% of Americans have access to. Such a system is unjust, and only reinforces a culture that makes parents choose between work and a family, and leaves mothers to encounter systematic, long-term disadvantages in pay also known as the "motherhood penalty". Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports federal laws mandating 6 months of paid leave for each parent and strengthening protections from parent-related discrimination.