Protecting Women’s Equality, Safety and Health Care
country we are seeing the hard-won rights of women being infringed upon and outright stolen. We have an obligation as legislators to take a stand against this radical agenda and not simply provide assurances for these rights, but also expand them to provide better safeguards and
protections for New York State women.”
Across the United States, there has been steady and growing momentum to restrict the rights andequal protections of women in this country. Republicans at all levels of government across thenation have been systematically stripping away the rights women have fought decades to attain.
This aggressively backward “War Against
omen” is happening b
oth in Congress and statecapitals across the nation. The New York State Senate Democratic Conference believes that it is
unacceptable to erode and discriminate against a woman’s rights, freedoms and health care
needs.To help highlight and educate New Yorkers on theseissues, the Senate Democratic Conference held aseries of three public forums, focused on legislativebills and initiatives relating to pay equity and equaleconomic opportunities for women, protections fromdomestic violence, and health care protections andreproductive rights. The events, held in Albany andsponsored by Democratic Senators Liz Krueger, RuthHassell-Thompson, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins,respectively, brought together members of theDemocratic Conference, advocates and professionalsfrom across the New York to address these vitalissues.
Pay Equity and Economic Opportunity
“If working class women earned dollar for dollar what men earned, poverty rates in New York would
be cut in half. Equal pay in the work place is not only a right earned by all women, but it is also the
right way to strengthen New York‟s economy.”
The first of the series of events was a roundtable held on May 12, 2012, hosted by State SenatorLiz Krueger. Senator Krueger convened a panel of experts from across the state to discuss payequity and economic opportunities. The panel focused on legislation designed to promote
fairness and help stimulate and strengthen New York’s economic recovery
by helping womenenter or remain in the workplace and ensuring equal rights and fair pay. According to advocatesand experts, by increasing the workforce and providing funds for training opportunities, NewYork can achieve long-term economic growth and fiscal security.
Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson.
Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Statement at Senate DemocraticConference Roundtable on Women and the Economy. May 12, 2012.
“Now more than ever, we
recognize that advances in
women‟s rights cannot be taken
for granted.These forums focus attention onimportant issues such as payequity, reproductive freedomand domestic violence prevention that impact women of
all ages and circumstances.”
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer