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March 20, 2021

Meredith Hartery, Collen Harshbarger: Equal Pay for Women in WV Essential

Charleston Gazette-Mail – March 24, 2021 is Equal Pay Day, the day when women and men around the country recognize the wage gap between working women and men and offer remedies to address pay inequity. Read the full op-ed.

In West Virginia, women are paid, on average, 74 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy estimates that working women in West Virginia lost out on $3.7 billion in 2017. With the lost earnings, on average a West Virginia woman could put two years’ worth of food on her family’s table or pay the tuition for two years at a West Virginia community college for herself or one of her kids.

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