As a Girl Scout leader, as a stay-at-home mother of three and as a woman, I value the work the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women does every day making sure women’s voices are heard in the state legislature. I depend on the PCSW to have my back. Unfortunately, I can’t always count on my concerns as a woman and a mother to be consistently and accurately represented by my state legislators. My experiences of gender inequity, of lack of physical safety, of being silenced, of being dismissed because of my gender have shaped my experience in this state. I count on PCSW to represent me and all women in Connecticut.