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.