Our latest research report presents and analyzes The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Connecticut 2015. This measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition and where they live. The Standard is a tool that can be used in a variety of ways—by clients of workforce/training programs seeking paths to self-sufficiency, by program managers to evaluate program effectiveness, and by policymakers and legislators seeking to create programs and pathways that lead to self-sufficiency for working families.
We’ve learned that the Governor wants to eliminate the PCSW (as well as the other legislative commissions). And now, the Republican caucus also called for us to be cut. We expected more from a governor whose track record would seem to indicate he understands the urgency of defending women’s rights.
Now we need your help. Please take a minute out of your day to call the Governor’s Office (860-566-4840), as well as your State Representative and State Senator, to ask that PCSW remain whole and intact. If you don’t know who your legislators are you can find them easily by clicking here.
We’re excited to invite all women ages 18-35 in CT to attend our upcoming networking event! This networking event will connect young women with each other and also help those unfamiliar with networking learn new skills. In addition, the Young Women Rising steering committee will be talking about their brand new #ProjectPeriod which aims to supply homeless women with feminine hygiene products.
Are you looking to file a workplace discrimination complaint? Have questions about family & medical leave? Looking for someone to provide sexual harassment prevention training in your workplace? Check out our list of frequently asked questions.
The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women was formed in 1973 under Sec. 46a of the Connecticut General Statutes to study and improve Connecticut women’s economic security, health and safety; to promote consideration of qualified women to leadership positions; and to work toward the elimination of gender discrimination.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Council is chaired and convened by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and consists of members from a diversity of backgrounds, including representatives from state agencies, the judicial branch, law enforcement, motor transport and community based organizations that work with victims of sexual and domestic violence and immigrants and refugees, and address behavioral health needs and social justice and human rights.
Young Women Rising is a natural extension of PCSW’s work in promoting women’s leadership. The project offers networking events, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, a comprehensive newsletter, information about board openings and other leadership opportunities, an annual essay contest for high school seniors and a nonpartisan website that will feature a blog full of the voices of this generation.
Five dynamic staff members join twenty-one appointed volunteer commissioners to work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut. They are to inform leaders about the nature and scope of discrimination, to serve as a liaison between government and private interest groups concerned with services for women, to promote considerations of women for governmental positions, and to work with state agencies to access programs and practices as they affect women.
PCSW is active on Facebook & Twitter, constantly sharing information related to women’s issues. Follow along to keep up-to-date on the latest news related to our three priority areas, economic security, health & safety and discrimination. We take an intersectional approach to our social media postings, meaning you’ll find a variety of articles about issues impacting various biological, social and cultural categories such as gender, race, class, ability & sexual orientation.
Through our networks and professional affiliations, the programs and policy work of the PCSW is held in extremely high regard and applauded by the other women’s commissions represented in all of the New England states. Connecticut has an exemplary commission.
Those of us who fight for women’s equal place in the world—whether it’s locally, at the state level, or federally—know the work must continue; women have not yet reached equal footing and until we do the PCSW, the commission that tirelessly works to improve the lives of Connecticut women, is a necessary, critical component of representative government.
Having been one of the founders of the Commission and serving as a Commissioner with Rep. Chris Shays in the early years we were confident that creating it as Permanent Commission guaranteed its continued existence. Eliminating it should not be an option. Although we have come a long way there is still much work to be done to guarantee equality for all. When I was present for the original signing of the creative legislation by Governor Thomas Meskill it was never imagined that elimination would ever be proposed. Keep the Promise of Permanent.
The PCSW does a lot of important work, on a lot of different issues, all related to bettering the status of women. Be it legislative action, community networking, or youth organizing, the PCSW is integral to supporting the female-identifying community in Connecticut. Although I have recently become familiar with their work, I can’t imagine what our state would be like without having this important organization present, involved, and constantly engaged. In the world we live in, gender inequality is still all too common: women still need a voice, and need to be represented in a way that caters to their unique way of being in the world. The PCSW helps to fulfill that goal.
PCSW is a vital link for policy-making and legislation between women in all walks of life and the state legislature and governor. Women’s associations and small business owners depend upon PCSW for information about state programs and initiatives that affect women in particular. The Commission performs a vital function for the state’s community of women with a minuscule budget. It has put Connecticut at the forefront of policy-making on women’s issues.