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Top 10 Reasons You are a Champion

We can't say thank you enough to our supporters. You made remarkable progress possible in 2019 by fighting for gender equity with CWEALF! 

Here are just some of the ways you made a difference this year:

10. Thanks to you, CWEALF bridged the justice gap by empowering women with their legal rights and options, connecting them with resources, and providing individual support as they navigated the justice system. CWEALF served over 1,200 Legal Education clients in the last year. You made it possible for women like Elva and Mariel to access justice!

9. Volunteers, board members, and committee members donated over 1,400 hours of their time to CWEALF’s mission in 2019.


8. CWEALF launched our She Leads Justice project in 2019! This unique and innovative 3-year project to better serve legal education clients. CWEALF is expanding our in-depth bilingual community advocacy services and creating a peer advocacy program. CWEALF welcomed Community Advocacy Assistant Kathleen Maldonado to the team in June to provide one-on-one legal advocacy services to women in the Greater Hartford region.

7. Thank you for making it possible for CWEALF to elevate the voices of women! In March, Executive Director Kate Farrar was invited to testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security chaired by CT’s own Congressman John Larson. At CWEALF, we hear from women every day who struggle financially to make ends meet. Protecting and strengthening Social Security will boost retirement security for low-wage workers, who are disproportionately women and people of color. 

6. People like you make it possible for CWEALF to learn and grow as an organization in 2019 and beyond. Our mission to advocate for and empower women and girls, especially those marginalized and underserved requires our organization to assess our own values to fulfill this mission. This summer, CWEALF staff and interns participated in a two-day training on racial justice to align our mission and practices through an intersectional lens. The training illuminated CWEALF’s strengths and areas of opportunity in our journey to become an anti-racist and intersectional organization. Thanks to donors, our partners at RE-Center, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund for supporting this ongoing effort. 

5. CWEALF continued to elevate the issue of equal pay and the solutions to close the gap for CT women. CWEALF staff joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in September at Gateway Community College in New Haven for an important conversation on the federal Paycheck Fairness Act. CWEALF’s Deputy Director Catherine Bailey moderated the event.

In November, CWEALF proudly co-sponsored Central Connecticut State University’s Overcoming Gender Pay Inequity Forum and our UConn MSW interns blogged about the status of pay equity in CT here.  

4. The United State of Women, the CT Collective for Women and Girls and the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls hosted Galvanize Connecticut at Goodwin College on December 7. Over 250 women and girls from across the state came together at Galvanize to advance gender equity and connect over speakers, panels and trainings to discuss the barriers we face and opportunities for action! CWEALF is the proud convener of the CT Collective for Women and Girls.

3. The Women and Girls Data Platform (WGDP) launched in December! The WGDP is a cutting-edge tool to share information and equip nonprofits, government, and community members with information for the advancement of women and girls in Connecticut.

Women and girls’ funds from across CT recognize the power and impact of data to decision-making at all levels.  The Platform - a collaboration between the CT Collective for Women and Girls and CT Data Collaborative - is funded by the Aurora Women and Girls FoundationFairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & GirlsMain St. Community Foundation Women & Girls’ Fund, and Community Foundation of Middlesex County Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls.  Read the press release here

2. Thanks to you, CWEALF advocated for protections against sexual harassment and assault during the 2019 legislative session. This year, the Connecticut General Assembly passed the “Time's Up Act,” which extends protections for survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  This new law took effect on October 1, 2019. Read our post Time's Up, Connecticut! Know Your Rights Against Sexual Assault and Harassment  to learn more about what Connecticut residents and employers need to know about the new law.

Read our full 2019 Legislative Report in English or Spanish

1. Because YOU never stopped fighting, Connecticut passed one of the most comprehensive paid family and medical leave programs in the country in 2019! 

CWEALF created a Connecticut Paid Family & Medical Leave Frequently Asked Questions guide available in English and Spanish and our Paid Leave Victory in CT! What Does it Mean for Me? Webinar to answer questions about how the paid leave program will work. The Campaign for Paid Family Leave continues to monitor the progress of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority to ensure that implementation of the program is transparent and accessible to all workers in Connecticut.


Thank you for being a champion for Connecticut’s women and girls in 2019. Without you we can't fight for women's economic security, access to legal justice, and to elevate the voices of women and girls in our state. Donate by midnight on December 31st and your gift will be matched to double your impact in 2020!

By CWEALF at 30 Dec 2019, 10:48 AM



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