The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) thanks Governor Jay Inslee for his renewed support of the committee and its mission of bettering the lives of state employed women. In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016, Inslee signed a proclamation on efforts to reduce the pay gap and issued an executive order reiterating his support ICSEW.
“International Women’s Day is an occasion to honor how far we’ve come in the fight for women’s equality and to recommit our efforts,” Inslee said in a press release. “In 2016, women still face a pay gap, unequal representation in government and business leadership, and other systemic barriers to full success and health. Promoting equality leads to stronger and healthier families, stronger communities and a stronger economy. I’m proud of Washington’s record in advancing women’s rights and hope we can continue to lead in breaking down and rebuilding the systems that have disadvantaged women for too long.”
Inslee’s executive order affirms the work of the ICSEW and calls upon the committee to examine and define issues pertaining to the rights and needs of women employed in state government. It also calls for policy recommendations to be made to the governor and state agencies on desirable changes in programs and laws, especially in the areas of education, training, career development and other conditions of employment.