When we took our respective offices — one as lieutenant governor of Connecticut, the other as the CEO of an organization focused on gender parity — we had one singular focus: prioritize women and girls with an understanding that women’s issues are economic issues. And in both our roles, the objective was clear — to grow the economy, society must uplift women and families.
One of the most effective and powerful ways to do so is by working to eliminate economic disparities based on gender. According to an August 2022 study ranking states, within the category of economy, Connecticut was ranked No. 1 in gender equality between men and women. Based on that study, women in Connecticut earned 97 percent of what men earned, reflecting the smallest pay disparity in weekly earnings compared with other states. Despite earning top ranks — we knew we weren’t done yet.