Women’s Equality Act

NOTE: As I grow older (and aging is this summer’s “hot” topic for me), I am less hesitant to speak out for what I feel is ethical. This email, sent to me by my friend Honey, is one I endorse. I looked up the Women’s Equality Act to make sure I was signing a petition that reflected my beliefs, and that info is below the top story from Honey.  Please note that the message bleeds over the right hand margin. Too difficult to change. My apologies, but the message is still important. EllenSue

Reply-To: “Reina Schiffrin, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic” <publicaffairs@pphp.org>

Planned Parenthood


The 10 million women of New York State have waited long enough.

Since Governor Cuomo introduced the Women’s Equality Act on June 4, Senator Dean Skelos has made it clear that he does not want to give this bill a vote.  We’re waiting on Senator Jeff Klein, who co-leads the Senate with Senator Skelos, to make the vote happen.

Email Senators Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein now andtell them to bring all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Act to the floor for a fair vote. As leaders in the Senate, we cannot let them undermine the women of this state by letting the legislative session end without passage of the Women’s Equality Act.

Don’t wait. Time is running out to ensure full equality for the women of New York State.

Yours for equality,

Reina Signature - First Name Only

Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO


Source for explanation below:http://www.abetterbalance.org/web/component/content/article/50/239-womens-equality-act


On January 9, 2013, Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State Address that he will advance an omnibus bill, the Women’s Equality Act, which will break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.

The Governor’s 10-Point bill will:

  • Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice
  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorney’s Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
  • Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
  • End Family Status Discrimination
  • Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
  • Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All
  • Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws

Three of the above issues are central to ABB’s mission and highlighted in our Working Families’ Bill of Rights. The Women’s Equality Act would combat pregnancy discrimination by creating specific legal protection in the Human Rights Law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. It would also strengthen equal pay laws, for example, by ensuring that employees aren’t punished for sharing salary information. Finally, it would amend current law to prohibit employers from denying work or promotion to workers simply because they have children.

Learn more about fairness for pregnant workers here. Learn more about discrimination against parents here. Learn more about equal pay here.

Check out this list of over 800 organizations in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda. To read our press release about the coalition launch, click here and read a press release about pay equity polling as a top priority for New Yorkers here. This article explains why women need stronger legal protections so they can effectively “lean in.”

This video explains why we need the Women’s Equality Act.

Women’s Rights Group Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda

“We applaud Governor Cuomo for his newly proposed Women’s Equality Agenda, which will promote fairness and equal opportunity for the women of New York State. We particularly applaud the Governor’s commitment to protecting pregnant women and mothers from discrimination in the workplace and achieving pay equity. We look forward to working with him to pass this historic legislation.” – Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President, A Better Balance.

For comment, contact Dina Bakst at  dbakst@abetterbalance.org or 212-430-5982.

To read the full press release, click here.

How to Get Involved

We need your help! We need volunteers like you to host house parties to educate the public about these important issues, to rally with us to show policymakers how many people support women’s equality, and to share their stories to give voice to this problem. If you would like to get involved in the effort to pass the Women’s Equality Act or if you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Gedmark at egedmark@abetterbalance.org or 212-430-5982.

Please also sign our petition showing support for the Women’s Equality Act.

2 Responses to “Women’s Equality Act”

  1. Honey Says:

    Thanks s much for spreading this news! You are the best!

  2. ellen sue spicer Says:

    you are4 sending it! XOXO es

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