In January of this year, I had the honor of delivering remarks at the AALS Section on Socio-Economics annual luncheon. The subject of my talk, What does the minimum wage have to do with reproductive rights?, undoubtedly struck many in the audience as attempting the impossible— linking two issues that, while each important and timely, are entirely separate. Surely, the argument goes, a woman’s right to choose abortion simply does not occupy the same analytical or policy space as a worker’s right to fair wages and terms of employment.
In this Essay, however, I will sketch out my reasons for claiming that these issues are inextricably interwoven—that in fact, the minimum wage issue is a women’s issue, while reproductive justice is an economic issue, not only for women but for their families as well. In Part II, I explore the link between the minimum wage issue and reproductive rights issues, and in Part III of this Essay, I explore the effects of the minimum wage on women’s access to reproductive health services.
"What Does the Minimum Wage Have to Do with Reproductive Rights?,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 49:
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