NOW-NYC Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor
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NEW YORK – The National Organization for Women-New York City endorses Bill De Blasio for Mayor, highlighting both his record and commitment to advancing women’s rights and equality for all New Yorkers.
“Women understand the Tale of Two Cities, because many live it,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC. “Forty percent of single mothers in New York City are raising hundreds of thousands of children on less than $25,000, some while working two jobs. Clearly we are failing these women. Bill de Blasio is committed to tackling inequality head on.”
As mayor, de Blasio is committed to making tangible changes to lift women up at home and at work. He has pledged to settle the current lawsuit against the city brought by female school security guards who are earning $7,000 less than their male counterparts. He will also work with city agencies to set higher standards to create truly family-friendly work environments—providing flexibility that today’s families need to meet their commitments to their jobs and to their kids.
The number of older women living in poverty in the U.S. is more than double the rate for older men. In New York City, more than one in five women over the age of 65 lives in poverty—nearly double the national rate. The homelessness rate among this age group is also exploding. De Blasio has made protecting affordable homes a priority. He will advocate for the rights of tenants, the protection of rent-regulated apartments, and the expansion of programs that exempt rent increases for seniors and people with disabilities.
Violence against women in New York City remains at epidemic levels. The number of rapes has increased every single year in the past five years, even while the rates of other crimes fall. De Blasio has committed to expanding awareness of sexual assault and also empowering bystanders to take action—sending the message that it is up to every one of us to end sexual assault. He will continue his fight to take all assaults seriously, by making subway grinding a felony, and he will work with advocates and law enforcement to end the modern day slavery of human trafficking that is still happening in our city.
“NOW-NYC is proud to support a clear feminist leader, Bill de Blasio, for the next mayor of New York City.”
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