Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman observed Equal Pay Day Tuesday by citing their administration’s progress on the issue.
“I am proud of the steps we have taken to address the gender wage gap in Connecticut, including raising the minimum wage,” said Governor Malloy. “About 6 in 10 minimum wage workers are women. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will improve the economic security of women and their families in Connecticut. But this action alone is not enough. It is unacceptable for women, doing the same work, to earn 78 percent of what men earn.”
The governor said he has also created a task force last year, headed by the state’s labor and economic development agencies, to study the gender wage gap in Connecticut. Malloy said Commissioners Sharon Palmer and Catherine Smith and the other task force members have drawn up a list of achievable recommendations to help eliminate gender wage discrimination and bring full economic equality in the workplace.
“The Gender Wage Gap study highlights how important it is for all of us to address pay inequality—from ending pay secrecy practices in the private sector to teaching women how to negotiate their compensation to encouraging girls in STEM (academic program emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics). There must be equal pay for equal work. It is a fundamental economic security issue for Connecticut women, their families, and the country,” Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said.
In November, the Gender Wage Gap Task Force issued recommendations to close the wage gap including increasing awareness, promoting pay equity in the private sector, supporting working women, promoting education and continuing to monitor pay equity. Since the release of the report, Lt. Gov. Wyman, in collaboration with Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Executive Director Teresa Younger, has held a series of roundtables in East Hartford, Norwich, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury on issues affecting Connecticut women, such as workplace policies, pay equity and higher education opportunities.