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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 Women Moving Forward is an initiative of hundreds of West Virginians (women and men) 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, small business owners and stakeholder experts, are proposing bold ideas for disruptive, creative and productive actions that can lead to real results related to:

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

Be part of something bigger.

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

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