Governor Ned Lamont today is applauding the release of a study from U.S. News & World Report ranking Connecticut as one of the best states in the country for gender equality. The governor said that this issue has been a key priority for his administration, particularly when it comes to ensuring equal access to economic opportunities.
The study ranks Connecticut as the seventh best state overall in terms of gender equality, and the #1 state in its economic subcategory. According to the study, women in the state earn 97% of what men earned, the smallest pay disparity in weekly earnings.
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 has been tasked with providing his administration with a coordinated response to issues that impact the lives of women, girls, and their families. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz serves as its chairperson.
“The council is made up of an incredible group of leading women tasked with providing a coordinated state response to issues that affect the lives of women, girls, and their families. Our state has implemented a comprehensive paid family medical leave program, raised our minimum wage, passed Connecticut’s Pay Equity Law, and worked with community partners and nonprofit organizations like the Women’s Business Development Council to create the Equity Match Grant Program. That’s why we are one of the most female-friendly states in the country.”