The Office of Rep. Pam Sawyer


State Representative Pam Sawyer, R-55, congratulated Bolton’s Caitlin O’Connor for her 3rd place win in the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women 2010 Young Leadership Program essay contest during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building Tuesday.

The Bolton High School senior, who was selected from dozens of entries from across the state, read her winning essay during the PCSW Women’s Day event before receiving a plaque and bouquet of flowers.

This year’s essay theme was “What is the most pressing issue facing young women today and how do you see yourself having an impact on this issue?” O’Connor’s essay, titled: “The Modern Woman: Underrepresented and Underpaid,” discussed the gender inequality between women and men in the workforce and politics.

“The essays this year really spoke to the important issues our young women face on a daily basis,” Rep. Sawyer said. “Caitlin’s essay demonstrated her understanding of the ‘glass ceiling’ working women face but I’m confident young women like Caitlin will break through that ceiling and further gender equality.”

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women conducts ongoing study of all matters concerning women; informs the leaders of business, education, government and the media about the nature and scope of sex discrimination; serves as a liaison between government and private interest groups concerned with services for women; promotes consideration of qualified women for all levels of government positions; and works with State agencies to assess programs and practices as they affect women.

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