NY WEA Rallies for Stronger Pregnancy Law

New York, N.Y. – The New York Women’s Equality Coalition was joined by pregnant women and new mothers in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act today. Despite it being illegal for over three decades, pregnancy discrimination still persists across New York State. Women are routinely pushed out of their jobs when they require a modest adjustment in order to stay healthy and on the job. The New York Women’s Equality Agenda includes a critically important measure that would strengthen pregnancy discrimination protections and ensure that no woman has to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her job. However, this provision will die on December 31st, 2013, unless state legislators take action. A Better Balance, NOW-NYC, and Equal Pay Coalition NYC organized the rally.

As Christy Turlington Burns, model, maternal health advocate, and founder of Every Mother Counts said.

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Pelosi in NY to Push Equal Pay

October 4 – The Equal Pay Coalition NYC was proud to co-sponsor a forum with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez, and Carolyn Maloney, advocates and students at Hunter College centered on the new initiative, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” This nationwide effort focuses on expanding economic opportunity for women across the country, pay equity is a key pillar. See event online

The program highlighted the stories of three New York women. Our friend and colleague Cynthia DiBartoli, President of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce, shared how critical her father’s family leave was to her recovery from head and neck cancer. Armanda Legros talked about pregnancy discrimination and pay inequity, and Susana Ramos shared the importance of good child care options for working families. All were examples of why we need strong laws, which the Congresswomen discussed.

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Sandberg applauds Equal Pay laws and EPCNYC

In front, a packed audience, last night Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Facebook COO, made a powerful case for change: in ourselves, the workplace and government. She called for improved laws to end pay discrimination. Noting that women can and are doing so much, on their own and in groups like Lean In, to fight against societal prejudice, the government must help level the playing field with stronger laws. She underscored this with the recent census numbers which confirm that the wage gap is stuck in a holding pattern, and has been for over a decade. Sandberg applauded the Equal Pay Coalition NYC’s efforts to change this. Beverly Neufeld, Director of EPCNYC, thanked her for speaking out and invited the audience of join the equal pay campaign to pass fairer pay laws in New York.  The diverse and enthusiastic audience of NYC Lean In Circle members and NYU alumni cheered this message and the wide ranging advice Sandberg offered in her intelligent, humorous and thoughtful presentation.

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Take Our Daughters to a FAIR Workplace

In Anticipation of 20th Anniversary of Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day,

New York Women’s Equality Coalition Advocates for Workplace Protections for Women

ALBANY, NY, April 24,2013—In anticipation of tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day, members of the New York Women’s Equality Coalition will visit legislative offices today to advocate for the workplace protections that are part of the Women’s Equality Agenda. Advocates will deliver PayDay bars to legislators as a reminder that when we take our daughters and sons to work tomorrow, they will be confronted with the harsh reality that statewide, women earn only 84 cents for every dollar that a man earns. In many upstate regions, the gap is even wider – Oswego County women earn 69 cents on the dollar, Niagara County women earn 74 cents on the dollar, and women in Onondaga County earn 76 cents on the dollar.

In addition to achieving pay equity, the Women’s Equality Agenda will strengthen laws against sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and discrimination against parents. To date, 808 women’s groups, religious leaders, and businesses statewide have signed on to the New York Women’s Equality Coalition in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day aims to not only expose boys and girls to what their parents do during the workday but to show them the value of their education and the ability to envision what they want their futures to look like. Likewise, the Women’s Equality Agenda aims to level the playing field so that girls visiting workplaces with their parents tomorrow will never make less money just because of their gender; will never be subject to discrimination or denied basic workplace accommodations if they get pregnant; will be able to count on legal protections against sexual harassment even if they work for a small employer; and will never be denied a job or a promotion just because they are mothers. On a day when we ask young women to look ahead to what their future will hold, we also need to hold legislators accountable for passing legislation that will ensure that those futures are as bright as they can possibly be.

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Filed Under: Uncategorized Legislative Action to Close Wage Gap

NYS Legislature takes action toward closing gender wage gap, in line with New Yorkers’ priorities and WEA

(Albany, NY April 16, 2013)  The movement of pay equity bills in the Assembly and the Senate over the past two days demonstrates an interest on behalf of the New York State Legislature to correct gender disparities in New York workplaces, a welcome sign of bipartisan support for policies that are good for the women of New York. Earlier this year, a Quinnipiac University poll of New York voters showed 9 out of 10 think equal pay for women should be a priority for the Governor and the Legislature to address this year. Equal pay is one of the components of the proposed ten-point Women’s Equality Agenda supported by the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, made up of more than 750 business leaders, women’s organizations, religious leaders and labor groups statewide.

Women in New York earn 84 percent of what men earn. And that gap is even more alarming among women in upstate New York and African-American and Hispanic women who earn as little as 55 percent of what white non-Hispanic men make.

“Women are the breadwinners in millions of families across New York State and they need access to employment that does not discriminate based on gender or race,” stated Christine Sadowski, representing the YWCAs of New York State. “From a woman in New York City making 80 cents to every dollar a man makes to a woman in Buffalo making 67 cents, and every community in between, pay equity is a priority for the people of our state.”

The Washington State Senate convenes February 17, 2016, the 38th day of the Legislative Session.

“The action of the Senate and Assembly shows a willingness to align with Governor Cuomo’s goals and the priorities of the Women’s Equality Coalition,” said Beverly Neufeld, Equal Pay Coalition NYC. “We anticipate this level of cooperation going forward for all the components of the Women’s Equality Agenda.”

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