Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut
We are the former state commissioners and former key employees of the abolished state agency known as the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (Former PCSW). We have launched a new non-profit initiative, known as the PCSW, to advance the work of this former state agency.
As part of the State Budget Implementer Bill passed in the spring of 2016 in Hartford, the 43 year-old Former PCSW was eliminated. The Former PCSW had been the largest women’s commission left in the United States, with a legacy of developing landmark legislation and research in the areas of sexual harassment, domestic violence, family medical leave protections, pay equity, and human trafficking.
In response, we formed two non-profit organizations: the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut Education Fund, Inc. (PCSW Education Fund, Inc.) and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut, Inc. (PCSW, Inc.). Together, we refer to these entities as the PCSW. PCSW Education Fund, Inc. is applying for 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS in order to conduct research, education, coalition building and very limited lobbying. The PCSW, Inc. is applying for 501(c)(4) designation with the IRS in order to conduct significant issue advocacy on behalf of women and girls in Connecticut.
Importantly, the PCSW is independent of the Connecticut General Assembly; bipartisan in representation and oversight; expert on issues impacting women and girls through the skills and experiences of the directors of these two entities; representative of the State of Connecticut through the geographic reach of these directors; and capable of carrying on the work of the Former PCSW through the IRS designations of these two entities, as well as the human capital assembled among the directors of these two entities and the Advisory Board.
Pro-Bono legal services are being provided by Wiggin & Dana, LLP. PFK O’Conner Davies, LLP will serve as auditors.
Importantly, these new non-profits
will build broad coalitions across political parties
that can help move legislation forward.