Putting Women’s Equality Front and Center
August 19, 2014 – Former City Council Speaker Chris Quinn joined women’s leaders from across the city and state to declare a historic victory in the first step to creating a Women’s Equality Party in New York State. The effort to secure the 15,000 signatures needed to secure a line on the ballot in the 2014 election surpassed expectations with advocates announcing the collection of over 100,000 signatures from across the state.
The launch of the new party will make the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of the 2014 elections, and will bring new attention to strong women’s rights, pro-choice candidates. In addition to the Democrats running for statewide office, a number of Senate candidates are submitting petitions to run on the Women’s Equality Party line including: State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a long-time champion for women’s rights; Adrienne Esposito, vying to become the first woman Senator from Long Island; incumbent Cecilia Tkaczyk, fighting to retain her pro-choice seat in the Catskills region; and Justin Wagner, a pro-choice candidate in Putnam County.
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