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2014 Was a Historic Year in the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage


 24 million.

That's the estimated number of Americans who would stand to benefit from raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

And this year there were many signs that those who struggle the most have reason for optimism: 2014 has seen an explosion in activity around raising the minimum wage.


"The federal minimum wage today is worth 25 percent less than it was back in 1968, even though minimum wage workers are far more educated and productive than they were decades ago," Amy Traub, senior policy analyst at the think tank Demos, told Mic. "It's not enough to live on, and it's not enough to support a family on, so it's no surprise that workers and their allies are organizing and calling for a raise."