The issues and concerns of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women should be considered in all aspects of Connecticut’s legislative and governing processes because the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women’s advocacy is vital to gender equality in the state.  The role of this Commission has become more necessary in recent years due to layoffs of state employees in 2003 that resulted in the dismantling of the Education and Outreach Department of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.  During the previous administration, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities was stripped to its core and needs the work of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and Commissions like it to support, supplement and assist the state in rooting out discrimination and preserving civil and human rights.  Thus, the work of this Commission and Commissions like it is critical.  This Commission and Commissions like it do not represent the bloat in state government.  To the contrary, this Commission provides essential services that the state, women and little girls cannot afford to do without.