Governor revives state Commission on Women

Gina Raimondo

By The Associated Press 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Gov. Gina Raimondo says she’s reviving the Rhode Island Commission on Women with 12 new appointees who will first focus on pay equity.

The commission was established in 1970 to advise on issues impacting the status of women, but lost its funding under former Gov. Donald Carcieri in 2010.

Tuesday, the last day of Women’s History Month, Raimondo said she’s appointing the members. She didn’t propose new funding.

Her office says the appointees are the first step.

New Chairwoman Rebecca Webber is an adviser for CVS Health and previously worked for Raimondo in the state treasurer’s office.

There will be six more appointees from the General Assembly and eight from state agencies.

Raimondo wants the commission to create a certification for businesses that show a commitment to equal pay practices.

(C) The Associated Press 2015