New York, NY — The women’s political organizations that last month came out strongly in support of a Women Speaker are encouraged and celebrating Councilmember Adrienne Adams announcement. These three groups co-hosted events at SOMOS to bring attention to the opportunity of a woman Speaker of the 2022 NYC Council. Together they are calling for the City’s leaders to lead and create a unifying council that will represent the needs of all New Yorkers and to stand formally with Councilmember Adams and her supporters.
“With Adrienne Adam’s Speakership, we are making herstory, again,” says Jessica Haller, Executive Director of 21 in ‘21. “With the support of the candidates, this agreement to support CM Adrienne Adams is the capstone to the work of electing the first ever a majority women Council. We know that CM Adam’s will create a diverse coalition of women as diverse as our city including and highlighting the leadership of Latinx, Women of Color and AAPI women. This group, with Speaker Adams at its helm, will be a strong leadership force for our city.”
“It is imperative that New York City’s government reflect the values of its residents, and it is unconscionable that there are no women in city-wide office. As Speaker, Councilmember Adams will be a pivotal voice for the women of New York City as well as an effective leader of the first ever majority women New York City Council,” said Sophie Nir, Eleanor’s Legacy
“Adrienne is ready to lead and ready to hold your own. She won’t be a rubber stamp for the Mayor. That balance of power is critical,” said Sonia Ossorio, Executive Director of NOW-NYC, which works to advance women’s rights, policy and leadership. “We urge any council member who has yet to pledge their support to her to take a stand today. An all-male top leadership in NYC just isn’t acceptable.”
21 in ‘21 achieved its goal of gender parity in the NYC Council by supporting and electing 31 women in 2021. 21 in ‘21 builds political power for women by electing women who are running for office in New York City. Our inclusive and active membership, of all genders, endorses and supports these candidates.
Eleanor’s Legacy recruits, trains, and supports pro-choice Democratic women to run for state and local office throughout New York.
NOW-NYC advocates for laws that defend our rights and break barriers for women and girls. We work to advance economic opportunity and fairness in the workplace, protect and expand reproductive rights, and strengthen our criminal justice system for victims of gender-based violence.