HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION


 1       WHEREAS, the status of women is key to the condition,
 2   stability, and well-being of society; and
 4       WHEREAS, the contributions by women to the overall health
 5   of the national and state economy are significant.  Consider
 6   these facts:
 8       (1)  Women-owned businesses employ one in four Americans
 9            and contribute annually $2.3 trillion to the United
10            States economy; and
12       (2)  Women make 80 percent of consumer decisions; and
14       WHEREAS, women's dual commitment to family and work is a
15   fundamental function in the community, and therefore women's
16   concerns and perspectives in policy-making is key; and
18       WHEREAS, on the celebrated occasion of the 80th anniversary
19   of women's suffrage in the United States, the majority of
20   voters nationwide is women; and
22       WHEREAS, despite the impressive roles and functions of
23   women to the community, the situation of women is still cause
24   for concern.  Consider these facts:
26       (1)  Two-thirds of the 60 million women who work outside of
27            the home do not have a pension plan and those that do
28            receive half as much as men;
30       (2)  Roughly 40 percent of women over 65 years of age are
31            poor or almost poor as compared to less than 13
32            percent for men;
34       (3)  Women of childbearing age (15-44) pay 68 percent more
35            in out-of-pocket health care costs than their male
36            counterparts;

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 2       (4)  Domestic violence is now recognized as a leading cause
 3            of death for women ages 14-44 worldwide; and
 5       (5)  Nationally, 63 percent of women with children under
 6            the age of six work and 78 percent of women with
 7            children 6-17 are in the labor force (the percentages
 8            for Hawaii are much higher);
10   and
12       WHEREAS, advancing women's causes must continue for the
13   betterment of society; and
15       WHEREAS, the Hawaii's State Commission on the Status of
16   Women (Commission) was established by the Governor by executive
17   order on May 15, 1964, to, among other things, coordinate
18   research planning, programming, and action on the
19   opportunities, needs, problems, and contributions of women in
20   Hawaii in education, homemaking, civil and legal rights, labor
21   and employment, and expanded community horizons; and
23       WHEREAS, since its inception, the Commission has
24   consistently promoted the equality of women and gender equity
25   issues; and
27       WHEREAS, the Commission's statutorily mandated functions
28   and responsibilities in the following areas include:
30       (1)  Acting as a central clearinghouse and coordinating
31            body for governmental and nongovernmental activities
32            and information relating to the status of women;
34       (2)  Accumulating, compiling, and publishing information
35            concerning instances of actual discrimination, and
36            discrimination in the law, against women;
38       (3)  Cooperating with the Department of Labor and
39            Industrial Relations, other state departments and
40            agencies, and appropriate federal offices and agencies
41            in correcting unlawful employment practices in public

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 1            and private employment involving discrimination
 2            because of sex;
 4       (4)  Creating public awareness and understanding of the
 5            responsibilities, needs, potential, and contributions
 6            of women as homemakers, workers, and active
 7            participants in the community and the importance of
 8            each of these roles in society;
10       (5)  Recommending legislative and administrative action on
11            equal treatment and opportunities for women;
13       (6)  Seeking improvements in educational and counseling
14            programs and policies to meet the needs of girls and
15            women to better prepare them for their roles in the
16            home and community;
18       (7)  Encouraging a long-range program of education for
19            women of their political rights and responsibilities,
20            particularly with respect to their voting duties;
22       (8)  Maintaining contacts with appropriate federal, state,
23            local, and international agencies concerned with the
24            status of women; and
26       (9)  Cooperating with national groups on the status of
27            women and arranging for participation by
28            representatives of the State in White House
29            conferences and other national conferences;
31   and
33       WHEREAS, these key services are critical to the well-being
34   of the community at-large and essential in furthering social,
35   economic, and political equality for women; and
37       WHEREAS, moreover, the Commission is integral to providing
38   core services and in educating, coordinating, and disseminating
39   information regarding women, family, and community issues
40   statewide; now, therefore,

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 1       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 2   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 3   of 2000, that this body supports the Hawaii State Commission on
 4   the Status of Women; and
 6       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor allocate adequate
 7   funding to the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
 8   so that it may be able to carry out its duties as mandated by
 9   law; and
11       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
12   Resolution be transmitted to the Governor and the Executive
13   Director of the Commission on the Status of Women.