2015 Report on Status of Women and Girls in Maine by the PCSW

2015 Report on Status of Women and Girls in Maine by the PCSW

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan, independent advisory board, statutorily charged with:

“Serving as an advocate for women in making recommendations on proposed budgetary, legislative and policy actions to the Governor, the Legislature and other officials of the State and the Federal Government with respect to state and federal policies, programs and other activities affecting or relating to women in the State.”

The Commission gathered surveys from more than 3,000 women and girls across the state, reviewed data and research to supplement the survey findings and worked to build consensus around policy recommendations, offering a roadmap to leaders and policy makers to move the needle on key issues affecting women.

This report, the Commission’s second, explores the lives of Maine’s female residents, and focuses on five key dimensions of women’s lives:

  • Education,
  • Economic security,
  • Health,
  • Safety and well-being, and
  • Leadership.

Some of those recommendations include:

  • Investing in education programs that will help girls succeed;
  • Helping Maine women achieve economic security;
  • Improving access to health care for Maine women with an emphasis on prevention;
  • Addressing violence against Maine women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking;  and
  • Supporting women and girls as leaders, in all community sectors.

For more information, visit the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Maine's website

Posted 03.23.2015 under News and Resources