Virginia ranks 23rd in U.S. in gender pay equity; women in state face 20 percent pay gap

Virginia ranks 23rd in the United States in gender pay equity. (MGN Online file photo)

The state of Virginia ranks 23rd nationwide in gender pay equity, according to a release from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Women working full-time and year-round in Virginia face a 20 percent (pay breaks down to 80 cents on the dollar) pay disparity compared to men, the AAUW states.

Currently, Washington, D.C. along with 38 states introduced or have equal pay legislation awaiting approval in 2018.

In an effort to push for women's fair pay, the AAUW says it's calling for the federal government to restore the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wage data collection, Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and employers to enact fair pay practices.

The release adds the organization is launching an initiative to train 10 million women in salary negotiations through its "AAUW Work Smart" program.

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