Women represent 51% of the state’s population and own over 100,000 businesses in CT. What happens to women has a direct bearing on the health and well being not only of their families but on their communities and the state. As an independent, nonpartisan commission, PCSW examines how policies and programs affect women and their families in the past, present and future. As a watchdog agency, PCSW provides essential research, spotlights critical issues, and recommends public policy approaches to address effects of gender discrimination over time. In recent years, the League of Women Voters has collaborated with PCSW on a broad array of initiatives on executive branch hiring practices, on advocacy to protect women’s reproductive rights during hospital mergers, and in encouraging women to become active participants in our democracy.