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Carlo Leone

Integrity & Collaboration

Welcoming 425 New Jobs to Stamford

Last October, Arizona-based Henkel Consumer Goods announced it would be locating its American headquarters to Stamford, taking advantage of Connecticut's pro-business First Five Plus program (which I voted for.)

Henkel products

I'm happy to announce that Henkel has now officially moved 425 employees into its new North American consumer goods headquarters occupying 155,000 square feet on three floors of the building at 200 Elm Street in Stamford. This building focuses on Henkel's laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies (such as Dial soap, Purex laundry detergent, Right Guard antiperspirant and Loctite adhesive) while the company's overall North American headquarters remains in Rocky Hill.

Connecticut has now experienced 84 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, while government jobs in Connecticut continue to erode. Business starts in the state are also up four years in a row. There is a lot of great economic news to celebrate!

Test Your Well!

The Department of Public Health's (DPH) Private Well Program recently launched a public media campaign to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a safe, adequate drinking water supply in private wells. Ads are now being run on television, radio and social media sites.

Twenty-three percent of Connecticut's residents and business use private well water, but many people don't know when to test their well, what to test for, or how testing is even conducted.

The DPH has created online tools to help citizens and business owners conduct private well maintenance; you can visit their website.

Women's Equality Day

In 1971, the United States Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day" in America to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

This 19th Amendment to the Constitution was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

Connecticut women vote

The observance of Women's Equality Day on Saturday not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but it also calls attention to the ongoing efforts of women who are still seeking full equality in America, whether it be in their paychecks, in the workplace, in the courtroom, in civic and military organizations, or elsewhere.

To win the right to vote, women had to circulate countless petitions, give speeches, publish newspapers, and travel the country in order to win support for an idea that we take for granted today. These women suffragists were frequently ridiculed, harassed, and sometimes even attacked by mobs and police. Some were thrown in jail or treated brutally when they protested. The significance of the women's suffrage (right to vote) movement--and its enormous political and social impact--has been largely ignored in American history.

Nearly 250 years ago, we as a nation declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

It took more than a generation to secure the right to vote for American women, and the fight for women's equality still goes on today in other venues. I hope you'll take a moment to find your own way to celebrate--and to commit yourself to--women's equality in America.