New York State should be on the forefront of women’s issues. We must protect reproductive rights, ensure access to affordable health care, child care, and elder care, and stand against sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, and domestic violence. We must expand paid sick leave and work toward pay equity for all women.
Women in New York earn 89 cents, on average, for every dollar men earn.
For women of color, that gap is much larger: African-American women earn 66 cents and Latinas earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by white non-Hispanic males.
Roe v. Wade is not codified under New York State law.
Sexual harassment and assault didn’t begin with the #MeToo movement. That’s just when everyone else learned what women have known forever: sexual assault and harassment are far too common in our daily lives and unacceptably common in the workplace.
New York ranks 30th in the US in maternal mortality; black women are almost four times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth related causes as white women.
Pass the Reproductive Health Act, which would guarantee access to safe and legal abortion in New York no matter what happens nationally.
Pass the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act to give all women in New York access to all forms of birth control.
Further reform how sexual harassment claims are reported and investigated. This includes creating a truly independent body to investigate claims of sexual harassment, expanding protections for victims to ensure that they are not pressured into non-disclosure agreements, and adding sex and gender to the list of classes protected in the State Constitution from discrimination.
Pass the New York State Fair Pay Act which would establish that it is discrimination and unlawful to pay different wages to employees doing the same job on the basis of sex, race, or national origin. The bill would protect workers who want to ensure that they are being paid fairly, including prohibiting employers from taking action against employees who discuss their wages.
Ban employers from asking about salary history which contributes to the gender pay gap.
Ensure that workers have access sick days or paid time off.
Expand access to child care, including providing more subsidized child care and helping districts expand to full-day kindergarten programs.
Pass the Child-Parent Security Act to overturn New York’s ban on paid surrogacy and make it easier for families who use a surrogate to have a child to be recognized as parents.
Pass S. 8907 to create maternal mortality review boards and an advisory council to make sure our state is actively collecting data about pregnancy and childbirth related deaths and responding to the maternal mortality crisis.