STAMFORD, Conn. -- The state will do more to help women to break into non-traditional areas of employment, such as engineering, science and math, Gov. Dannel Malloy promised in a speech in Stamford.
"This is really important stuff, that we get this right for the next couple of generations, to undo some of the damage that was allowed to accumulate in our nation and other nations over a long period of time," he said.
Malloy spoke Friday at the University of Connecticut School of Business’s third annual Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum at UConn's Stamford campus. He said he is determined to see change happen.
"I will not spend the next three years I have as governor building upon the failures of the past. We are going to change that you are a gigantic part of that," he said.
Malloy started the day with visits to a couple of technology-related companies and said they often are not representative of the population at large.
"What you do recognize very quickly ... is that these technology-centric businesses, with some exceptions, the numbers are mismatched with respect to our population breakdown," he said.
Malloy said the University of Connecticut, under President Susan Herbst, is seeking to ensure engineering programs are expanded and to get more people to take advantage of that.
Te wage gap between men and women is "outrageous, absolutely outrageous," he said, and the state is determined to ensure the gap narrows. He also defended the state's moves to support those on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of wages and wealth.
"Connecticut we get beat up a lot because we do good things that I think are misunderstood," he said, pointing out that Connecticut was the first state in the country to have legislation requiring paid sick days.
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