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Vermont Commission on Women
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VCW is an independent non-partisan state commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont.
VCW is an independent non-partisan state commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont.

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"We have continued to increase the number of women behind bars; two-thirds of women in state prisons are there for nonviolent offenses. America now incarcerates eight times as many women as in 1980, and only Thailand seems to imprison women at a higher rate."

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Recent signers of our #Vermont #EqualPay Compact include: Say It Forward Productions, In the Kitchen with Bronwyn, and Donna P Johnson Physical Therapy PC. Thanks for your commitment to closing the #wagegap!

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“Women in Vt are already lagging behind men in their earnings, part of the reason why this is true is because there’s a disproportionate expectation that women will be the ones who’ll take time off from work, take time out of the workforce in order to care for babies, children, aging parents, other family members. Just in general, women are taking on more of those responsibilities. Paid family and medical leave insurance is one way to help offset that disproportionality.

This was why, VCW sought and received a grant from US DOL to conduct a feasibility study. We came up with some interesting findings:…new moms with access to paid family leave work more hours, and return to work…They are 39 % less likely to rely on public assistance…that would translate to up to $271,000 savings to Vermonters. Additionally, in Vermont we’d see a $277,000 savings in costs due to infants being born healthy…and if we had a program, between 2 and 3.4 million dollars Vermont families would save, due to reduced child care costs. We could see an estimated 1800 Vermonters elevated above the poverty threshold, who would otherwise be below.”

VCW’s Cary Brown, at press conference 2/2/17 introducing paid family and medical leave bill
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Current law provides few protections to #VT women working during a healthy pregnancy. This is legal:
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#DYK, this treatment of pregnant workers is acceptable under current law in #VT? H.136 aims to change that. #VTPoli

Do you want to share your story about working while pregnant in #Vermont? Send it to: lilly.talbert@vermont.gov
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#DYK that employers in Vermont are not required by law to make workplace accommodations for workers during health pregnancies? A bill (H.136) was introduced in the #VT legislature to address this.

Do you have a story about working while pregnant and not getting the accommodations you needed in #VT? Share it with us at: lilly.talbert@vermont.gov

#pregnancy
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Milestone Celebration: the 100th employer just signed our Vermont Equal Pay Compact! Vermont businesses are committed to ending the #wagegap! #vtpoli

Thanks to latest #VT #EqualPay Compact signers VRS Disability Management, Harmonized Cookery and The In-Sight Photography Project.

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Male business owners in #VT earn 5 times that of #VTWomen business owners. #ChangeTheStory #WBON ow.ly/YV1f305ASku
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