Closing the STEM gap for pay equity
In 2015, Virginian women were paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to an annual wage gap of $10,419. Hannah will work to strengthen Virginia’s equal pay laws so that women are better able to fight back against pay discrimination. She will also promote opportunities for better paying jobs for women by removing barriers to entry into male-dominated fields and promoting women in STEM training and educational programs. STEM jobs pay 26% more than other fields and are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs. In Fairfax County, the greatest amount of job growth can be seen in STEM-related fields. To truly close the wage gap, we must close the gender gap in STEM.