Tuesday night was all about women at 184 Bedford Street.
“We’re co-hosting roundtable discussions throughout the state with the Lt. Governor’s office to highlight the impact that women have on the economy throughout the state in a variety of different areas,” says Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Younger joined Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at the Women’s Business Development Council in downtown Stamford to meet with women business owners. This was the second of many stops planned to speak with women about the challenges they face in the workforce.
“We’ve been working on these issues for a very long time and we’re always hoping to get out and about throughout the state to talk to women to hear their stories, their real stories about what’s going on, and how the policies that we’re working on up in Hartford are affecting them,” says Younger.
“Not only do we want to hear what the problems are,” says Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman,” We want to see if people can come up with suggestions on how to solve these problems and if we can find that, not only taking the stories back, but seeing how we can change the state around.”
Wyman says there are many unconscious biases that today’s women have to deal with.
“Some of the discussions are with some of these women are, how do you interview,” says Wyman. “Do you go in there, do you sit down, do you try to fight for a higher salary, because as we know in this state, most women are paid 70 cents on every dollar a man makes.”
Wyman says the goal of these discussions is to prepare women for situations like this and other gender challenges they may face.
“We want to make sure that we can catch all of that so that we can then go and explain to other people what we can do,” Wyman says. “And that what it’s really about, is having the help from the state. It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up.
The Lt. Governor will continue making stops around the state, with plans to visit Torrington, New Haven, and Meriden to name a few. To find out more, visit www.ltgovernor.ct.gov