Governor Cuomo announced a 10 point Women’s Equality Agenda at the State of the State, including Equal Pay measures! NYWA was at the table the very next day when the Governor personally committed to pushing the entire agenda. Over 250 organizations agree and signed on in support of women’s equality. See the list online and the video everyone is talking about. Go to: https://www.governor.ny.gov/2013/womens-equality
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NYS Coalition Applauds Governor Cuomo’s 10 Point Women’s Equality Act
Groups Hail Focus on Equal Pay
January 8, 2013: The New York Women’s Agenda and Equal Pay Coalition NYC, representing over 100 organizations and a network of advocates statewide, hail Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State announcement of a 10 Point Women’s Equality Act, which includes a priority to create wage equality in New York.
The New York Women’s Agenda has worked for women’s equality for over twenty years and created the Equal Pay Coalition NYC to address persistent wage discrimination due to workplace policies. In 2012, with coalition support, the NYS Assembly and Senate almost unanimously passed the Women’s Workforce Bill with bi-partisan support. This is the first law in NYS history to acknowledge and begin to address the gender wage gap.
“Governor Cuomo’s leadership on a Women’s Equality Act, including Equal Pay, sends a clear message that tackling inequity and the wage gap is achievable, good for the family pocketbook, and important to the economic success of New York. The Governor’s focus on these issues will be critical to bringing about successful and meaningful change,” said Beverly Neufeld, Director of the Equal Pay Coalition NYC and past President of the New York Women’s Agenda.
“What is needed is a vigorous, collective effort to make New York the best place for women. Governor Cuomo’s 10 Point Women’s Equality Act will help make that a reality,” said Gena Lovett, President, New York Women’s Agenda.
“For businesses and New York State to prosper, we must work together to improve the workplace for women. This includes equal pay, access to better jobs and opportunity for advancement,” said Nadine Schramm, President, Budd Enterprises/Budd Leasing, a premiere New York theatrical trucking company.
For comment, contact Beverly Neufeld – 914-329-4046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out a newly posted article regarding equal pay for female college graduates on womensenews.org.
Announcing the winners of the Department of Labor and the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Equal Pay Taskforce Equal Pay App challenge for the best application designed to raise awareness of the gender wage gap:
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh, PA, who created a smart and engaging new website:
Yesterday Assemblywomen Ellen Jaffe held a press conference to educate New Yorkers about the Gender Wage Gap.
Follow the link for video highlights
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This afternoon a press conference was held in Spring Valley, NY to discuss various aspects of the Women’s Workforce Bill recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Learn more about how this newly signed legislation will change women’s experiences in the workplace.
SAVE THE DATE!
The 2nd Annual Statewide MWBE Forum has been scheduled for October 25-27, 2012 in Albany, NY.
This is an influential event that should not be missed!
If you are interested in more information including opportunities, event announcements, e-newsletters and other emails please click here.
Watch Equal Pay Coalition NYC for more event details and registration information to follow later this summer.
Despite the real threat that the Women’s Workforce Bill would not come to the floor before the end of session today, it was brought to a vote late Wednesday evening and passed 60 to 0!!!
We greatly appreciate the strong leadership of the bill sponsors, Assembly member Ellen Jaffee (D) and Senator Joseph Robach (R). As well, we thank the Senate and its leadership who heard from women across the state and responded with the first piece of legislation that acknowledges and addresses the gender wage gap.
More needs to be done to create economic equity, but passing this bill signals a willingness of our Legislature to work with Equal Pay advocates toward needed change through bi-partisan collaboration. This is truly a “win” for New York State.
We anticipate that Governor Cuomo will sign the bill!
Stay Tuned to find out if the Senate passes the Women's Workforce Bill today.
MIKULSKI, SENATE DEMOCRATS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS TO URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT
Effort Follows Mikulski Reintroduction of Bill Tuesday to Support Pay Equity for Women
Senator Reid Expected to File Cloture on Bill This Thursday
State by State Wage Gap Data Available
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will be joined at a press conference by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), along with representatives of the American Association of University Women (AAUW),the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to urge the Senate to immediately take up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation which will help close the wage gap between women and men working equivalent jobs, costing women and their families $360,000 over their careers. Senator Mikulski reintroduced the legislation on Tuesday. Read More