As john below has indicated, “small” business owners are always complaining about having to pay anyone a “reasonable” wage — such as a minimum wage. Every small business owner complains about their costs to run the business, having to pay for healthcare, taxes, etc. Any way that a small business owner (and large corporations) can find to not pay high(er) employee wages/costs, they will. Owners themselves often need to put in a lot of time just to keep solvent — at least that’s what I’m told. Even if their business is quite profitable, they do not necessarily feel compelled to share that with their employees. In the dark ages of the late 60s and early 70s I worked as a secretary/admin. assistant and made about $8,000/yr. My boyfriend, then husband, belonged to a union and made almost $35,000 for doing manual labor. When I went back to work in the 90s, the corporation I worked for required the office managers to keep employee costs at 4% of budget — 4%!! Increases in wages were often frozen for several months at a time and if bonuses were given out, the women got the smallest bonuses — of course. All this while the company, and our office in particular, did very well. Women and children (including teenagers) have been underpaid for eons, while the CEOs of the world have seen their paychecks increase outrageously, mostly at the expense of those who work for them. With large segments of the population (business owners and politicians especially) resisting changing the status quo, there has been little progress. The reality of low wages for many, not just teenagers, is ignored in favor of keeping the status quo for the few. While I empathize with your argument, women as a whole need to recognized for their work’s actual worth before teenagers.