Friday marked International Women's Day, a day of recognition for the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. While events are being held across Connecticut celebrating women’s achievements, it is also a time for Connecticut to push forward.
On Friday Governor Ned Lamont had his first unofficial cabinet meeting, which was also the first meeting of the Council on Women and Girls in Connecticut.
“Here to help empower women in all aspects of life,” said Clare Kindall, the Solicitor General of Connecticut.
That means celebration for Connecticut’s accomplishments.
“50% of the folks in our administration are women. 50%, Historic. I don't think that has happened before,” said Governor Ned Lamont.
While there is progress, there is also room to grow when it comes to women’s rights and equality. Therefore, the Council of Women and Girls is made up of Lamont’s cabinet, lawmakers and even state entities such as police. They all came together on Friday to get to work.
“This is about how we can expand job and educational opportunities and healthcare opportunities for women and girls in our state,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
The departments discussed how they can advance the interest of women and girls through administrative action. They addressed equal pay, the possibility of paid family and medical leave, minimum wage issues and even sexual assault.
The governor said the council is just the beginning. In the future he wants to see more women walking the halls of the capital and making legislation in our state.
“I want Connecticut to be able to look at my administration and see somebody just like them and say I could do that too someday,” said Lamont.
State police echoed that sentiment, saying they are looking to hire more women, right now.
“I always like to tell my daughter you can do whatever you want to do,” said Lt. Colonel Michael Davis with Connecticut State Police.
That is the point of this group. The first meeting is for organizing, then the council plans to include steering committee’s made up of female organizations. Sending a message to girls and women of all ages.
“All the folks that are in that room what a difference they are making every day. I hope you are thinking about that as a career as well,” said Governor Ned Lamont.