Roundtable brought together diverse group of female business leaders for a discussion about how to better support women in the economy, Kuster’s new Women’s Economic Agenda
AMHERST, N.H. – This morning, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) continued her “Women’s Economic Agenda” listening tour with a roundtable discussion about the issues facing professional women. The roundtable, held at the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce in Amherst, N.H., brought together a diverse group of female business leaders who discussed the Congresswoman’s recently released Women’s Economic Agenda and shared their own personal experiences with some of the issues outlined in the agenda, including pay equity, family leave time, and access to capital.
“I was so grateful for the opportunity to hear the personal stories of the women who participated in our business leadership roundtable today,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Discussing everything from equal pay to college affordability issues, these women underscored the need for Congress to prioritize initiatives that will help level the playing field for New Hampshire women. I’m proud to support these initiatives in my new Women’s Economic Agenda, and I will continue fighting to protect the best interests of Granite State women back in Washington.”
Last week, Kuster released her Women’s Economic Agenda, a plan to help Congress address issues that affect the economic success of Granite State Women. As a member of the United States’ first all-female Congressional delegation, Kuster has worked to create equal opportunities for Granite State women since taking office. She is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would increase the effectiveness of remedies available to victims of pay discrimination on the basis of gender, and she has successfully pushed the President to issue executive orders to support fair pay for federally contracted employees.
Participants in today’s roundtable included New Hampshire business leaders and representatives from the Souhegan Valley Chamber, the N.H. Women’s Initiative, the New Hampshire Business Review, and the Women’s Fund, among others. Over the last year, Kuster has hosted a series of similar discussions with women business leaders from around the state to help inform the crafting of her Women’s Economic Agenda. During the two-week April work period, Kuster is continuing to meet with New Hampshire women from a variety of fields throughout the Second District, and she is committed to fighting for their best interests in Congress.