March 8, 2019

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Raimondo Statement on International Women’s Day

Today, DGA Chair Gov. Gina Raimondo (RI) issued the following statement in celebration of International Women’s Day:

“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many historic achievements and barriers broken by women on the long path towards equality, inclusion, and progress. At such a pivotal moment in our history, women are making their voices heard, demanding to be seen and respected in any pursuit they choose to follow. We have come so far in the fight to dismantle systems that perpetuate sexism and misogyny, but there is still clearly more that can be done.

“I am also incredibly proud to chair an organization that boasts a record number of women governors in its membership after a historic election in 2018. These women are not only serving as terrific role models for our next generation, but are making real progress in their states on important issues like equal pay, reproductive rights, and paid family leave, improving the lives of millions of women and men in their states. Empowering women in all facets of life is not just a moral imperative, it ultimately benefits everyone in our communities. My fellow Democratic governors and I are eager to continue the important work of supporting women across our country.”

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Here are a few of the many accomplishments that women Democratic governors have already achieved to benefit their states:

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed laws ensuring paid sick leave for 100,000 workers in her state, and instituted a pay equity hotline for workers to report employers for wage discrimination.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly reinstated an executive order banning discrimination of state workers based on gender identity or sexual orientation, which had been repealed by her Republican predecessor.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills, the first woman governor in the state’s history, filled her cabinet with more women than any governor before her.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive preventing state departments from asking job applicants about previous compensation in an effort to close the wage gap.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing for the creation of an Early Childhood Education and Care Department. Expanding early childhood education has been shown to increase women’s participation in the work force.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is leading a national lawsuit against the federal government over changes made to Title X, also known as the domestic “gag rule.”