By RUSSELL BLAIR
A political organization with the goal of electing progressive women to state office was launched this week at the state Capitol.
PoliticaCT describes itself as â€śnonpartisanâ€ť in a news release but a kickoff event was attended mostly by Democrats.
The group was co-founded by state Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford and Jamie Mills, an attorney who practices in Hartford.
Women make up 51.2 percent of the population in Connecticut but only 27.8 percent of the state legislature, according to figures provided by PoliticaCT.
â€śEven after 16 years in elected office, I still feel the imbalance every day,â€ť Bye said in a news release. â€śI am ready to focus my efforts on electing more progressive women. We need more women, period.â€ť
Organizers noted that even in Connecticut, with a Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled legislature, progressive policies including paid family and medical leave and a higher minimum wage have been defeated.
The creation of the organization was attributed at least in part to the election of Donald Trump as president last year. Trumpâ€™s election has invigorated Democratic newcomers to get involved in the political process, including many first-time female candidates.
â€śWe believe that now is the time for women to be bold and to make clear that the movement for equality and social justice is focused and activated,â€ť said Mills. â€śPoliticaCT will be fighting to preserve what we thought had been won and to ensure that we are progressing toward more inclusiveness, equality and basic fairness.â€ť
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