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Slowly but Can We Say “Surely”? Pay Equity & Segregation a Decade Later in West Virginia State Government

PAQ, Vol. 37 No. 2, (2013)

West Virginia’s economy is ranked as the 47th worst state economy for women in the United States, and a study of the status of female public servants is the focus of this article. It examines the gender disparities in pay and representation in the West Virginia State Administration for the years 1998 and 2008. The article examines the changes in the status of women in areas of pay equity, occupational segregation, and agency segregation in West Virginia State public administration. West Virginia has more than 18,000 classified state employees who work in 1,227 classified position titles. The article also highlights initiatives undertaken by the State to improve the representation and status of women in the public sector, studies progress across different occupations within female and male dominated occupations, and makes policy recommendations for future research.

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