Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2018
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today highlighted Texas women in the workforce by hosting a roundtable discussion with a dozen women leaders who comprise the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women.
The panel was part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s briefing with the Governor’s Commission for Women to review his priorities for the commission and develop strategies to make Texas the best state for women-owned businesses.
“Gov. Abbott’s Commission for Women is an amazing group of accomplished women who hail from a variety of job sectors,” Hegar said. “I was grateful to be able to lead a very productive conversation about the triumphs and challenges women experience in the Texas workforce.”
Hegar led a lively discussion on topics such as hardships women face in the workplace, women with families who pursue careers, ways to move more women into higher-paying jobs and women as entrepreneurs.
“We’re pleased that Comptroller Hegar joined us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in the Texas workforce,” said Catherine Susser, commission chairwoman. “We’re proud that our Commission for Women continues to be a resource and champion for women throughout Texas.”
“I want to thank Comptroller Hegar for briefing the commission and hosting this important discussion,” Governor Abbott said. “Among my charges to the Governor’s Commission for Women is to help make Texas the No. 1 state for women-owned businesses, and the Comptroller’s research is crucial as we build a workforce that fosters greater female entrepreneurship and more leadership roles for women in Texas.”
Hegar’s roundtable discussion is part of his Good for Texas Tour: Women in the Workforce Edition, in which he has shared the results of a study his office recently completed on the economic impact of women in the Texas economy. So far, this tour has taken him to El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. More stops are forthcoming.
More than 6 million women held jobs in Texas in 2017. There were 938,000 women-owned businesses which generated about $134.2 million in sales. But further efforts are needed to eliminate barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and improve access to top-level positions.
Since 1967, the Governor’s Commission for Women has served as a liaison between Texas women, government agencies and private entities. The commission works with many partners to establish best practices for streamlining services and avoiding public-private duplication. The women who serve on the commission are appointed to two-year terms. Abbott charged the commission to focus on increasing opportunities in five key areas:
For more information on the panel of commissioners, go to the Governor’s website.