In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.
We have to stop dragging people out of the feminist closet! And I say this as a person who wants armies of feminists marching in the streets every day. My own feminism evolved when I realized that being a feminist means that I support the rights of all women, even the ones who don’t give a shit about feminism. Of course it would be amazing if everyone could access feminism, but I’m not going to stop fighting for rights just because they don’t, or devaluing the lives of women who just aren’t feeling it.