Recognizing International Women's Day

March 8, 2017

Rep. Cathy Abercrombie with colleagues in House Chamber on Women's Day.

I am pleased to say that women have made significant inroads in Connecticut. However, there is still progress to be made on many issues, including equal pay, paid family medical leave and access to health services. We have to continue to move forward and fight for the basic rights of all women.

That is why we have introduced the following legislation:

HB 5591 -- Requires employers to provide equal pay to employees in the same workplace

SB 585 -- Requires health insurance coverage for breast pumps and improve protections afforded to women breastfeeding in places of employment

HB 6668 -- Improves workplace protections for pregnant women

SB 6212 -- Establishes a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut

SB 586 -- Expands mandated health benefits for women, children and adolescents. Also expands mandated contraception benefits and requires the Social Services commissioner to amend the Medicaid state plan to provide expanded contraception benefits

I am proud to be supporting these bills and will continue to update you on their status going forward.

As always, feel free to reach me via email at Catherine.Abercrombie@cga.ct.gov or call me at 860-240-0492 if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

All the best,

Cathy