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Legislative Advocacy


As one of the oldest women’s rights organizations in the country, CWEALF serves as a vital resource to women and policymakers in Connecticut, ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and low-income individuals. This legislative session, CWEALF will advocate and provide testimony on a wide range of issues seeking to improve the personal and professional lives of women and their families across Connecticut, including:

  • Paid family and medical leave
  • Spousal Support
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Restraining orders for victims of violence
  • Fairness in family laws
  • Affirmative consent
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Comprehensive sexual health education
  • Reproductive rights

In addition to legislative monitoring, the agency leads coalitions on critical issues of equity in Connecticut. Currently, CWEALF leads the following coalitions:

The Campaign for Paid Family Leave: a coalition of more than 55 organizations from across the state advocating for the implementation of a system in which workers can take paid time off of work to take care of their own illness, an illness of a loved one, or a birth or adoption of a child. Paid family and medical leave will protect workers from suffering financially during difficult family situations.

The Campaign for a Working Connecticut: a coalition of education and training providers, workforce investment boards, organized labor, chambers of commerce and advocates.  The Campaign strives to promote job creation and economic growth through sustainable, effective workforce solutions to increase workers’ skills and advance families to self-sufficiency.

The Family Law Working Group: a diverse coalition of attorneys, advocates, legal professionals, and family law practitioners convened to monitor legislative proposals and task forces, ensuring fairness in laws relating to divorce, child support, alimony, and custody. 

NEWS: Guiding the Family Law Working Group’s work is CWEALF’s recently published study, “Outcomes of Marriage Dissolution in Connecticut: an Empirical Study of Divorce, Custody, and Financial Support in 2012.” This study and report reviewed divorce cases in the year 2012.  Among many findings, this study found a decrease in child support orders, increased contact between fathers and children, efficient case processing, attorney representation in only approximately half of the cases, and weak economic circumstances for both parties, with a significant disparity in women’s financial standing.  Click here to read the full report.    

2016 Legislative Report: Transforming CT for Women and Girls

2017 Legislative Report





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