Legislators are proposing legislation to end period poverty in Connecticut and advance menstrual equity.
“Stay home when sick.” This recommendation from our government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is out of reach for thousands of workers. For women across Connecticut, hearing this guidance is met with the anxiety of knowing they don’t have access to a single day of paid sick time or medical leave.
Today, April 2, 2019 is Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
As the legislative session came to a close on May 9, the General Assembly passed several bills to safeguard the health and safety of women in Connecticut and combat the gender wage gap. But lawmakers fell short on critical opportunities to advance women’s economic security.
This year, Connecticut has an opportunity to shine as a leader in policies that combat the gender wage gap and support women, especially women of color, in the workforce. A year from now, on Equal Pay Day, I hope we can look back at our legislative accomplishments in 2017 and know that our future is one where Connecticut women and girls get paid what they are worth.