Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW New York, has been at the helm of NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW since 2005. Sonia has led NOW-NYC, and its 20,000 activist members and supporters across the state, in changing laws to further women’s equality and to hold business and government accountable to the women of New York. Named in the 2019 Albany Power 100, she has led successful campaigns to repeal the statute of limitations on first-degree rape and end child marriage in New York State, challenge the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York, improve protections for women in the workplace, and help propel women to elected office.
Sonia leads with strength, courage, and audacity—all qualities that make her an effective activist and that have powered the unprecedented growth of the organization and its capacity to make lasting change. For the past decade, she has been at the forefront of revitalizing NOW’s activism and overseeing its educational programs, activist workshops, and the sustained protest and resistance that has touched the lives of thousands of women.