(04/14/2014)
By Bob Weaver

In WV there is a shocking inequality pay gap between men and women.

President Barrack Obama signed an executive order this week to encourage equal pay among federal workers, and a bill in congress - the Paycheck Fairness Act - has been introduced to re-affirm equal pay, although it has been the law for 50-years with the Equal Pay Act.

The Paycheck Fairness Act is a commonsense fix to bring the 50-year-old Equal Pay Act into the 21st century.

Across America women make 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. Here in West Virginia it's 70 cents, third worst in the U.S.

The newest attempt on the measure has been blocked by House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans.

Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2008 and 2013, and against a similar bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, in 2007 and 2009.

The National Women's Law Center, in an earlier study, says West Virginia women with a high school diploma were paid only 60 cents to every dollar paid to men, who also had a high school diploma.

Even more surprising is that the report shows the typical West Virginia woman who has a two-year Associates Degree or has completed some college, still isn't paid as much as the typical West Virginia man who never graduated from high school.

American wages overall are stagnant and have not caught up with inflation and the wage gap has barely budged over the last ten years.


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