Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia
West Virginia has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and the highest of all surrounding states, according to Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia, a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report.
The report shows shows in 2017, women working full-time, year round in West Virginia were paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, a 26 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the third highest pay gap in the nation following Utah and Louisiana. A woman working full-time, year-round in the United States in 2017 made only 81 cents to every dollar a man made.
- raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour and eliminating the two-tiered tipped wage system to give all West Virginia workers a chance at financial security
- enacting fair scheduling practices and paid sick days to help balance the demands of work and life to increase the state's workforce participation
- increasing affordability for higher education by breaking with recent state budget trends of divestment from public higher education and fully funding the PROMISE scholarship
- expanding affordable, accessible child care to allow more parents to enter and stay in the workforce
- creating a refundable state-level Earned Income Tax Credit to give working families a boost
- promoting women's work in male-dominated occupations that tend to pay higher wages
- passing equal pay and nondiscrimination policies with teeth