I’m a big fan of statistics. While it’s important to distinguish between good and bad data and to remember that the numbers never speak for themselves and must be interpreted, statistics help us to tell stories about how we think and act.

In this case I stumbled on some official statistics regarding minimum wage. They are presented by the U.S. Department of Labor at their Bureau of Labor Statistics website. They present statistics on the number and percent of workers with a variety of characteristics (age, race, gender, education, region, etc.) who earn minimum wage. For example, women make up 65.6% of those paid hourly rates who earn $5.15/hour or less (age 16+), while men make 34.4%. Considering age, 46.7% of those earning $5.15 or less are 25 years old or more. [Link]