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Women Moving Forward


To achieve long-term economic prosperity, West Virginia must empower more women to play an active role in blazing a path forward. One of the fastest ways to increase the state’s overall economy is to increase the number of women in the workforce. Fewer than half of West Virginia women are currently in the labor force, leading to the lowest workforce participation rate among women in the country. This trajectory must change.

West Virginia Forward members discuss advancement for women in the workforce.

WV Forward, in partnership with the WVU Provost Office, First Lady Laurie Erickson and the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, are convening more than 100 women from all backgrounds and demographics statewide to confront some of the most urgent challenges unique to West Virginia Women. These must be surmounted to ensure the economic future of our state.

Working together, firm managers, poverty lawyers, homelessness advocates, government employees, higher education faculty and staff, educators and stakeholder experts, are proposing bold ideas for disruptive, creative and productive actions that can lead to real results related to:

  • The logistical workforce barriers that prevent women from entering or reentering the workforce.
  • The need to create and protect educational opportunities for girls and women across the state.
  • The complex, interconnected factors in women’s lives that can lead to a lifelong gender wage gap compared to male peers.

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We want to hear from you. Share your ideas. Stay informed. Help us move West Virginia Forward.

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