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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 girls. 

2018 Legislative Priorities

Read CWEALF’s 2018 Legislative Agenda, “Economic Security for All CT Women,” and SIGN our PETITION to send a clear message to our state leaders that the economic success of women is critical to the success of our state economy.

This legislative session, CWEALF will advocate and provide testimony on a wide range of issues to advance the economic security of women, repair and prevent the damage of ongoing discrimination, harassment and abuse in workplaces across Connecticut. This year, lawmakers must act to:

  1. Implement Paid Family and Medical Leave

  2. Combat the Gender Wage Gap

  3. Expand Sexual Harassment Training and Protections

  4. Improve Access to Comprehensive Health Care

  5. Advance Employment Opportunities for Women

  6. Increase the Minimum Wage

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 65 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 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.    


2018 Legislative Session Testimonies




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