Today marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: the somber day that signifies how far into the following year Black women must work to earn as much as their white male coworkers earned the previous year.

We are in the midst of a nationwide reckoning with racism and how it permeates nearly every institution and system of our society. But we cannot move forward without centering and listening to the voices, stories, and experiences of Black women — today and everyday.

We’ve heard the statistics: in Connecticut, Black women earn $0.57 for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Over the…


Black Lives Matter.

CWEALF stands with protesters across Connecticut and the nation. We honor the grief, outrage, and emotions felt throughout our country. We send our condolences to the families and all affected by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless Black lives killed by police officers and White vigilantes.

We cannot fight for gender equity without dismantling white supremacy. We will not achieve gender justice without racial justice.

We demand justice for Breonna Taylor and a conviction for the officers who took her life, as well as countless other Black women** killed by police.

Police…


Did you know a Latinx woman must wait almost 11 months to finally make what her white non-Hispanic male counterparts made by December of last year? Today marks Latina Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when Latina pay catches up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. The gender wage gap continues to harm women, their families, and the economy — and is particularly damaging for Latinas. By closing the wage gap, Latinas and other women will earn livable wages with which they can build, plan, & care for their families.

On Thursday, November 15, 2019, CWEALF…


During the 2019 legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed the “Time’s Up Act,” which extends protections for survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The Act addresses many obstacles that survivors of sexual assault and harassment may face as they decide whether to report their experience to their employer or to law enforcement, including trauma, fear of retaliation or scrutiny, or victim blaming. Protections for survivors can have a direct and positive impact on workplace productivity, economic survival, and physical and mental health.

The law takes effect on October 1, 2019. …


Denitra Pearson takes care of other people’s health for a living. But who takes care of hers?

As a personal care aide, she took 6 weeks of unpaid leave when her baby was born. But then her client let her go. Denitra found herself with a new baby and no salary. How would she pay the rent, and afford diapers?

Now, workers like Denitra won’t have to make those impossible decisions in Connecticut. Just last night, Connecticut became the eighth state (including Washington D.C.) …


On Mother’s Day 2013, I had been a mother for all of four days.

My son was born the previous Wednesday, after two days of labor, and my new family of three had just been released from the hospital the next day. My goals for that Sunday were to try to figure out breastfeeding, nap while my baby napped, and attempt to take a short walk around the block, which is harder than it sounds given the reality of recovering from childbirth. …


First of the Year is One Step Closer to Pay Equity

This spring, CWEALF was proud to advocate for Public Act №18–8 An Act Concerning Pay Equity, which passed with strong bipartisan support. This law goes into effect on January 1, 2019 and closes the wage gap by prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their previous salary history. This fosters a fair and equal hiring environment for all job applicants. Without this reliance on previous pay history during the interview, the law protects potential employees against unintended wage discrimination. Connecticut is now the 5th state in the nation with this…


This October marked the 40th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The act made it illegal for employers to deny women jobs, a promotion, or a raise because she is pregnant, and amended the 1964 Civil Rights Act to “prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.”

Despite being illegal, pregnancy discrimination is common, and for women who work physically demanding jobs, this discrimination can be especially dangerous.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2017. …


The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) sent the following letter to all newly elected statewide officials on behalf of 34 organizations from across Connecticut.

Dear Newly-Elected Statewide Officials:

The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) joins with 37 organizations from across Connecticut to urge recently elected statewide officials to prioritize diversity in your appointment process. Connecticut has the opportunity to set an example both as a leader in policies that advance women’s rights, and as a state that prioritizes women’s leadership.

As Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer-elects, we urge you to aim to appoint at…


Transgender Awareness Week, November 12th-19th, is an opportunity to bring attention to the barriers and issues transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals face. This is an important time for transgender people and allies to inform and educate the public by advocating for change. The week will close on November 20th, with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring those who lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence.

On October 21, 2018 the world learned that President Trump and his administration are toying with the idea of redefining “sex” in order to create a uniform definition used by key government agencies…

CT Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)

CWEALF advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized.

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