Shore Line East Funding, Women's History Month, and more

March 8, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
Happy Friday! In this week's eblast, you can read about Women's History Month and next week's public hearings, including a public hearing on funding for the Shore Line East Rail.
Celebrating Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the vital role women have played in American history. It’s also a time to celebrate their achievements and learn more about their contributions. This year’s theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” which recognizes women throughout the country who believe a positive future can only be achieved by eliminating bias and discrimination from our society.

Connecticut has a long history of female pioneers who brought progress to our state and the rest of the country. Women in our state have consistently risen to positions of leadership within the political landscape, showcasing their outstanding abilities and commitment to public service.

  • We are home to the first boarding school for women of color, which opened in 1831 in Canterbury.
  • Helen Keller was one of Connecticut’s most influential women for her fierce support and advocacy of women’s suffrage, legalization of birth control, and benefits for people with disabilities.
  • Ella T. Grasso was the first woman elected Floor Leader in the Connecticut General Assembly, first woman to chair the Democratic State Platform Committee, and the first woman in the U.S. to be elected governor. 
  • Antonia “Ann” Uccello was the first woman in Connecticut to be elected mayor of a municipality, and she was the only woman to head a major U.S. city during the Civil Rights era.
  • Today, U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro continues to break barriers.
Click Here To Read More About Women’s History in Connecticut
In our quest to honor and protect women in our state, I would like to highlight some of the work we have done and continue to champion in the legislature. 

Our tireless advocacy is far from complete. We have several priorities in the 2024 legislative session that directly impact women on a daily basis.

Let's celebrate Women's History and the remarkable women in our own lives each and every day!

Next Week's Public Hearings
There are 21 public hearings at the Capitol next week! We are at a critical point in the legislative process, where we seek to hear from you, the residents of Connecticut.

If you're interested in testifying,
sign up here.
In particular, I hope you can join me Friday, March 15 at 10am, for the Appropriations Committee's public hearing on HB 5006, An Act Restoring Funding to the Shore Line East Rail Line.

The purpose of the bill is to have the Department of Transportation appropriate sufficient funds from the Special Transportation Fund to fund the operation of the Shore Line East rail.

This is a critical bill for our community, so I highly encourage you to testify on this bill if you can!

The deadline to register to speak is Thursday, March 14 at 3pm.

To submit written testimony, click here.

If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 1-800-842-8267 or by email at For legislative updates, please like my Official Facebook Page.


Christine Conle


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