4 Things You Can Do:
1. Prioritize gender balance on state boards and commissions, ad hoc committees and study groups.
- Eight states (three of them located in the Northeast) have chosen to prioritize gender balance on state boards and commissions through legislation.
2. Recognize and promote women business owners as critical players in advancing state economic growth.
- Modify VT incorporation forms and software to indicate whether a business is woman- or minority-owned.
- Require tracking and reporting on the number of state contracts awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses.
- Establish state contracting goals for women- and minority-owned businesses.
3. Prioritize increasing the gender balance in high-growth, high-wage fields.
- Require state training and apprenticeship data to be disaggregated by gender and occupational field.
Incorporate training and recruitment in economic development appropriations when the jobs created are in fields that are nontraditional to women.
4. Collect and/or improve baseline data specific to women and use it to inform state policy.
Act 124 requires the Administration to supply the General Assembly with key population-level indicators to help it assess state performance. Some of those indicators should be disaggregated by gender. Attached is a short list of data points that should be disaggregated by gender as routine state practice.
9 Data Points to Collect:
- Median Annual Income, full-time workers, male/female
- Median Annual Income, full-time workers vs. Basic Needs Budget,male/female
- Median Annual Income, persons over 65, male/female
- Gender ratio, full-time, low wage workers, male/female
- Gender ratio, full-time workers in top 15 high-wage, high-growth fields(as identified by the VDOL and McClure Foundation’s Pathways report)
- #, % males, females enrolled/completed state apprenticeship programs, by field
- #, % males, females enrolled in state- or federally-funded vocational training programs, by field
- #, % males, females enrolled/completed high school technical education programs, by program
- #, % males, females earning post-secondary degrees in engineering and computer science at Vermont colleges and the University of Vermont