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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ten major private-sector companies in Connecticut have pledged to close the gender gap in corporate leadership over the next decade.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who last year called on companies to support the priorities of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, lauded the 10 firms that have signed onto the national Paradigm gor Parity pledge to achieve gender parity by 2030.

“I applaud these companies for actively working towards fighting gender inequality in corporate leadership and for leading by example as the first ten companies in our state to sign the Paradigm for Parity Pledge,” Bysiewicz said in a written statement.

“This is a critical step towards closing the gender pay gap and ensuring that all women working in our state have equal opportunities for success,” she said, noting there are only 36 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S.

The participating companies include Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Cigna, CVS Health (including Aetna), Eversource Energy, Frontier Communications, KeyCorp/KeyBank, Stanley Black and Decker, Synchrony Financial, The Hartford, and United Technologies Corporation.

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