1st Meeting of the Governor's Council on Women and Girls

March 12, 2019

Created by Governor Ned Lamont, the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls held their inaugural meeting on International Women’s Day last week. I was lucky enough to be one of four legislators to be named to the council.

As Chair of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, I have spent a significant time reviewing the legislation affecting women and girls in our state. I look forward to bringing this knowledge to our meetings to collaborate with the members of the council in order to make our state better for women and girls. I thank Speaker Aresimowicz for the nomination to this influential council.”

The council, made up of more than 35 members from state agencies, constitutional offices and the General Assembly, will be tasked with promoting issues facing women, girls, and their families. The council will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and vice chaired by Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw. The Council on Women and Girls will be a continuation of Gov. Lamont’s effort to look for public-private partnerships, as the council will work to collaborate with the private sector as well as the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors.

Meeting monthly, the council will plan legislation while reviewing practices and policies focused on the goal of ending gender discrimination and supporting the needs of women throughout the state. The council will feature four subcommittees: education; economic opportunity and workforce equity; leadership; and health and safety.