Women's Fund http://ripr.org en Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government http://ripr.org/post/gov-chafee-honored-efforts-increase-women-state-government <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning praise on his record of appointing women to state boards and commissions.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Chafee was cited by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for living up to a campaign pledge of putting more women in state positions.</p><p>A report by the Women’s Fund says that women hold 34 percent of state board and commission appointments.</p><p>That’s up from just 15 percent when Chafee took over the governor’s office from Don Carcieri in 2011.</p><p>Of the 1,071 appointments made by Chafee, 441 have been women.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:01:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 23586 at http://ripr.org Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government Chafee win plaudits for advancing women in RI government http://ripr.org/post/chafee-win-plaudits-advancing-women-ri-government <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee may be a lame duck but he is getting some love from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020 for his appointments of women to Rhode Island state boards and commissions.</p><p>The report by the advocates of women in government shows that women now hold 34 percent of state commission and board appointments. Since taking office Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 total appointments.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:45:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 23536 at http://ripr.org Wage Gap Persists in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/wage-gap-persists-rhode-island <p></p><p>Tuesday was Pay Equity Day – the day when women’s 2013 earnings equal those of men’s pay for all of 2012. The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island took advantage of the occasion to take stock of the pay equity gap that faces women in the state today.</p><p>Rhode Island’s quarter-of-a-million working women continue to earn substantially less than men. According to data compiled by the Women’s Fund, Rhode Island men earn on average $37,000 a year, compared to $24,000 for women. The gap widens for people with college degrees.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:49:35 +0000 Flo Jonic 13332 at http://ripr.org