Our latest research report presents and analyzes The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Connecticut 2015. This measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition and where they live.
Women’s Day was a smashing success! To see photos from this years event please click here.
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The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women was formed in 1973 under Sec. 46a of the Connecticut General Statutes to study and improve Connecticut women’s economic security, health and safety; to promote consideration of qualified women to leadership positions; and to work toward the elimination of gender discrimination.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Council is chaired and convened by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and consists of members from a diversity of backgrounds, including representatives from state agencies, the judicial branch, law enforcement, motor transport and community based organizations that work with victims of sexual and domestic violence and immigrants and refugees, and address behavioral health needs and social justice and human rights.
Young Women Rising is a natural extension of PCSW’s work in promoting women’s leadership. The project offers networking events, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, a comprehensive newsletter, information about board openings and other leadership opportunities, an annual essay contest for high school seniors and a nonpartisan website that will feature a blog full of the voices of this generation.
Five dynamic staff members join twenty-one appointed volunteer commissioners to work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut. They are to inform leaders about the nature and scope of discrimination, to serve as a liaison between government and private interest groups concerned with services for women, to promote considerations of women for governmental positions, and to work with state agencies to assess programs and practices as they affect women.
PCSW is active on Facebook & Twitter, constantly sharing information related to women’s issues. Follow along to keep up-to-date on the latest news related to our three priority areas, economic security, health & safety and discrimination. We take an intersectional approach to our social media postings, meaning you’ll find a variety of articles about issues impacting various biological, social and cultural categories such as gender, race, class, ability & sexual orientation.
Women make up 51% of Connecticut’s population. Yet, inequities and inequalities still exist when it comes to women’s economic security, health and safety. The gender wage gap for full-time/year-round workers is 23.5 percent, and approximately 82.2% of custodial parents are mothers. Until these conditions are improved the State of Connecticut needs the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women to spearhead initiatives that place these issues in the forefront so they can be appropriately addressed through the legislative process. We need PCSW to advocate and promote awareness of women’s issues in Hartford. I certainly cannot make it up there to actively participate in the activities that are so essential to ensure women are included in policies that affect their health and well-being.
As a Girl Scout leader, as a stay-at-home mother of three and as a woman, I value the work the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women does every day making sure women’s voices are heard in the state legislature. I depend on the PCSW to have my back. Unfortunately, I can’t always count on my concerns as a woman and a mother to be consistently and accurately represented by my state legislators. My experiences of gender inequity, of lack of physical safety, of being silenced, of being dismissed because of my gender have shaped my experience in this state. I count on PCSW to represent me and all women in Connecticut.
PCSW plays a crucial organization in the state. PCSW leads and organizes Young Women Rising, a group of 18-35 year old women from across the state. This group provides leadership, service, and connection to women beginning their careers and starting their families. As a young professional, this type of connection does not exist elsewhere. It has helped me remain in CT despite the urge to leave for an area with more young people in this age range. PCSW is convening this group and motivating me to work and support other women.
An organization working on issues ranging from economic security to health care, PCSW is truly working to uplift all women and families. Women do have more rights than when PCSW first began in the 1970s, but the fight continues. CT must put women and women’s rights at the forefront because inequality persists. Without PCSW fighting against such injustice, all women will lose a champion, advocate, and supporter.
The PCSW is one of the only ways that I feel the legislature “hears” who I am. PCSW works tirelessly to recognize and address the collective concerns of women in this state – and I am proud to know they have our back. The commission boldly tackles the issues that matter to my survival and prosperity! Their work to identify and eradicate inequality (whether of the deliberate kind or not), to serve as a public voice for women’s issues which are underrepresented in all public spheres, and to engage the public is integral in working toward a fair and just society. Also, there is simply something very inspiring about their efforts and that effect cannot be underestimated! Women’s lives are replete with gender-specific challenges and barriers that men may not realize or have little motivation to solve. Our experiences as women should not have to be translated into themes that men can understand; we should simply be represented for who we are and what we experience every day. Women’s lives feature varied societal roles, each with their own unique barriers and obstacles. We all need these issues represented permanently in our state government. The PCSW not only makes women heard but provides accountability and fuel, so we can do the essential work of evolving our own communities for the better – thus benefiting everyone.