New York Women Push for Women’s Equality Agenda
New York, NY (January 29, 2013) – NOW chapters across New York State are joining forces with a historically broad coalition of almost 300 organizations to push the Women’s Equality Agenda forward and secure measures that will advance women’s rights.
“This is about women’s jobs, women’s safety and women’s right to do what they want with their bodies,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC. “At a time when women’s health and rights are being attacked across the country, New York State is moving women’s equality forward in very real way.”
“These are issues at the top of our agenda,” said Zenaida Mendez, president of NOW-NYS. “We’re protecting women’s reproductive rights, ending discrimination in the workplace, establishing pay equity for women, and helping victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.”
The 10-Point Women’s Equality Act, proposed by Governor Cuomo, would:
- Shatter the glass ceiling by passing a real equal pay law.
- Have zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace, period.
- Strengthen employment, lending, and credit discrimination laws.
- Strengthen human trafficking laws.
- End family status discrimination.
- Prevent landlords from denying housing to qualified tenants based on the source of funds.
- Stop housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence
- Stop pregnancy discrimination once and for all.
- Protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening the order of protection laws.
- Protect a woman’s freedom of choice, by enacting a Reproductive Health Act.
The National Organization for Women is the nation’s largest organization working to advance women’s rights and improve women’s lives. The New York City Chapter of NOW, founded in 1966, is the largest chapter in the country with 5,000 members locally and 35,000 statewide. NOW-NYC works to promote women’s reproductive rights, secure women’s economic empowerment, and end violence and discrimination against women.
Contact: Brielle Nalence 212-627-9895