Like many areas of the country, the Nutmeg state has a huge budget deficit and must make drastic cuts. According to the Hartford Courant, one of the items on the governor’s “hit list” is the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. This agency, and other state commissions around the country, were modeled after President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women, founded in 1961 to address the enormous gender inequality in the United States at this time (remember, this was the Mad Men era, when women were supposed to be either in the kitchen or the secretarial pool, not the board room). Although the President’s Commission disbanded in 1963 after issuing a report on the problems facing American women, many states created Permanent Commissions to continue the important work started under Kennedy. Various letters and editorials in the Courant have made strong arguments in favor of keeping this agency alive. I just want to remind our dunder-head of a Governor what the word “permanent” means. According to the OED:
a. Continuing or designed to continue or last indefinitely without change; abiding, enduring, lasting; persistent. Opposed to temporary.