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2017 Equal Pay Day

The WVU Council for Women’s Concerns is pleased to team up with the WVU chapter of American Association of University Women to host an Equal Pay Day bake sale, where baked goods are sold for $1 to men and $0.70 to women. This is symbolic of the current gender wage gap in West Virginia, where women make $0.69 per every $1 men make.

In April 2015 and 2016, Council members pitched in to bake, host informational tables on both the downtown and health sciences campuses, talk with the media, and promote the event. Council member Leah Cunningham spearheaded the project.

“The gender pay gap has remained a reality for women in our country and state for far too long. Equal Pay Day campus activities nationwide help raise awareness and advocate for change. Over the course of a woman’s lifetime the gender salary gap can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, hurting women and their families. This is why it is so important for women to negotiate their salaries early in their careers and continue to advocate for equal pay for themselves, their coworkers and their subordinates.”

-Erica Bentley, CWC Chair 2014-2015

The event was covered in local media like the Daily Athenaeum and WBOY.