West Virginia women who do the same jobs as men would have to be paid at the same rate, under bills introduced Tuesday in the both house of the state legislature. But getting more pay for working women will require more than legislation.
Why is that? Because while West Virginia has the worst pay gap in the nation - the state's women make only 58 cents for every dollar men earn - much of it is due to the fact that the state's higher-paying industries (mining, timber harvesting and construction) traditionally employ men.
Bridging that gap will be tougher than determining that a business is giving men who do clerical work fancy titles to justify paying them more than women get for the same tasks.
And so if there's going to be any hope of reaching the bill's objectives - reducing single mothers' dependence on public assistance and eliminating barriers to women's advancement in the work place - the sponsors need a two-pronged strategy.