Governor Lamont applauds US News & World Report study that ranks Connecticut among top states for gender equality

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Governor Lamont applauds US News & World Report study that ranks Connecticut among top states for gender equality

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(HARTFORD, CT) – Today, Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the publication of a US News & World Report study ranking Connecticut as one of the best states in the country for gender equality. The governor said this issue has been a key priority for his administration, particularly when it comes to ensuring equal access to economic opportunity.

The study ranks Connecticut as the 7th best state overall in terms of gender equality and the 1st state in its economic subcategory. According to the study, women in the state earn 97% of what men earn, the smallest wage disparity in weekly earnings. This is the first time the organization has published a report highlighting the states that have created the best environments for equal treatment between men and women. Consider several factors, including politics and business, as well as physical and financial health.

“Women’s rights are human rights, and I’m proud that Connecticut is being recognized as one of the top states that not only acknowledges this fact, but goes to great lengths to implement policies that promote gender equality.” Governor Lamont said. “From enacting a paid family medical leave program to enacting laws that promote equal pay in the workplace, safeguard access to health care services, and increase access to child care, Connecticut is a leader in gender equality, which is one of the reasons we are the most family-friendly state in the country.”

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One of the first actions Governor Lamont took upon taking office in 2019 was to create the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls. The group is tasked with providing its administration with a coordinated response to issues affecting the lives of women, girls and their families. Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz is its president.

“As chair of the Governor’s Council for Women and Girls, I am dedicated to continuing our administration’s mission to create more gender equality by supporting the rights and opportunities of women and families throughout our state.” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “The council is made up of an incredible group of women leaders tasked with providing a coordinated statewide response to issues impacting the lives of women, girls and their families. Our state implemented a comprehensive paid family medical leave program, raised our minimum wage, passed the Connecticut Pay Equity Act, and worked with community partners and nonprofits like the Women’s Business Development Council to create the Connecticut Grant Program. equivalent to fairness. That’s why we’re one of the most women-friendly states in the country. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of creating a policy that has helped the women and girls of our state for more than two decades, and I will continue my dedication to that mission as long as I have the privilege of serving our great state. .”

Some recent policies enacted in Connecticut that promote gender equality include:

  • Enactment of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program: In 2019, Governor Lamont proposed and signed a law which made Connecticut one of the first states to enact a paid family and medical leave program, ensuring that workers have access to necessary benefits that allow them to take time off work to care for their own health, a newborn child or a sick family member.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage: In 2019, Governor Lamont proposed and signed a law which constantly raises the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour and then indexes the minimum wage to inflation. Almost 60% of minimum wage workers in Connecticut are women.
  • Salary Range Disclosure to job applicants and employees: In 2021, Governor Lamont signed a law promoting pay equity that requires employers to inform job applicants and employees of salary ranges for positions. It also expands Connecticut’s ban on gender-based pay discrimination to require equal pay for “comparable” rather than “equal” work.
  • Allowing child care as an eligible campaign expense when running for state office: In 2021, Governor Lamont proposed and signed legislation allowing candidates running for state elected office under the citizens’ choice program, commonly known as public funding, to use program funds to cover reasonable child care expenses when they are directly related to campaign activity.
  • Promotion of gender equity in state boards and commissions: In 2021, Governor Lamont signed legislation creating a legal requirement for appointing authorities to consider recommendations from organizations that represent the interest of racial and gender diversity when seeking individuals to serve on state boards and commissions.
  • Protection of reproductive rights and health services: In 2022, Governor Lamont signed a first law of the nation that protects medical providers and patients who seek abortion services in Connecticut and who may travel from other states that have banned abortion. In addition, it expands the type of professionals eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.
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