Gov. John Carney, Delaware’s Office for Women’s Advocacy and Advancement, the Delaware Department of Human Resources, the Delaware Commission for Women and Delaware Women’s Workforce Council, hosted, on March 28, the first lecture of its kind titled “Redefining Women in the Workplace” in honor of Sen. Margaret Rose Henry and Women’s History Month.

“Sen. Margaret Rose Henry is a trailblazer, and we are going to miss her leadership in Dover,” said Carney. “Her commitment to the advancement of women is exactly why we are honoring her at this event today. It’s been a privilege to work with her protecting Delaware’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy, under Delaware’s Department of Human Resources, is responsible for leading the ongoing implementation of women's rights legislation and evaluating current women's rights legislation. The office is run by Melanie Ross Levin, who serves as the office’s director.

This lecture focused on issues including sexual harassment in the workplace, equal pay and paid parental leave, bringing together policymakers, business leaders and others concerned with women’s issues for a productive conversation. The lecturer was Lisa Maatz, former vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women and leader of several national coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls.

After the lecture, the governor joined representatives and many members of the general assembly for a rally supporting Delaware’s Equal Rights Amendment. House Bill 299 aims at filing an ERA for the Delaware Constitution to expand and protect women’s rights. This amendment will reduce sex-based disparity and codify Delaware’s value of equality.

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