By Bob Weaver

A new report showing an equality pay gap between men and women in West Virginia provides some shocking results.

The National Women's Law Center, quoting information from 2010-11, says West Virginia women with a high school diploma were paid only 60 cents to every dollar paid to men, who also had a high school diploma.

The study, comparing men and women who have a bachelor's degree, women made 70 cents for every dollar a man made.

Even more surprising is that the report shows the typical West Virginia woman who has a two-year Associates Degree or has completed some college, still isn't paid as much as the typical West Virginia man who never graduated from high school.

At the time of the Equal Pay Acts passage in 1963, women working full time, year round were paid merely 59 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.

African-American women working full time, year round in West Virginia were paid only 64 cents and Hispanic women only 63 cents, to every dollar paid to white men who worked full time year round.

The wage gap exists across occupations.

West Virginia women working full time, year (2010) in management, business, and financial occupations were paid only 69 cents to every dollar paid to men in the same occupations.

West Virginia women working full time, year round in sales and related occupations were paid only 64 cents to every dollar paid men.

American wages overall are stagnant and have not caught up with inflation and the wage gap has barely budged over the last ten years.

The Women's Law Center says most of the women they spoke with say these facts are both shocking and frustrating, especially in the tough economy and half of families now consist of a single parent.

They say more must be done to realize the decades-old promise of fair pay for equal work.

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