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Brian Cunningham
bcunninghamcouncil.nyc.gov
(212) 788-7081

COUNCIL MEMBER LAURIE A. CUMBO SELECTED TO CHAIR
THE CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON WOMEN`S ISSUES AND
DECLARES 2014 'THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN

January 22, 2014 Brooklyn, NY New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo (D-35) has been
selected to chair the Council`s Committee on Women`s Issues. Deeply honored by the nomination, she is
excited to work hard with her colleagues to Iight Ior valuable resources Ior organizations working
towards empowering women and to introduce critical pieces oI legislation that improve the quality oI liIe
Ior all women and Iamilies.

While great strides have been made Ior women, true equality still has not been realized. Women continue
to make only 85 cents to every dollar earned by men. Pay discrimination heightens economic disparities
and hurts Iamilies. With powerIul women leading in all levels oI government, Council Member Cumbo
believes this is the time Ior women to unite in order to raise the bar Ior all New Yorkers.

In addition to challenging pay inequalities, the Council Member, a proud Spelman College graduate, has a
large agenda Ior the committee with issues ranging Irom:

Supporting women and minority owned small businesses
Fighting and caring Ior victims oI domestic violence with a Iocus on immigrants
Standing up Ior reproductive health
Promoting Iamily-Iriendly workplaces
Ending street harassment and human traIIicking with heightened and targeted
enIorcement
Educating women and girls in civic engagement and public leadership
Ensuring that the next generation oI women have the proper education in STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Iields to prepare them to contribute to
our global economy

'I am humbled and ready to lead my colleagues on the Committee Ior Women`s Issues towards draIting
legislation that not only levels the playing Iield but also empowers our women. There is no time like now
to champion real gains Ior all women and girls.

Council Member Cumbo will also serve on the Iollowing committees: Cultural AIIairs, Libraries, and
International Intergroup Relations; Finance; Higher Education; Public Housing; and Youth Services.

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Council Member Cumbo was born and raised in Brooklyn. As a cultural leader, entrepreneur, activist,
college proIessor, educator, lecturer and small business owner working in the not-Ior-proIit sector, she
has dedicated her liIe to community development and preserving the dynamic elements oI diversity that
make Brooklyn what it is today. She is dedicated to serving the needs oI the neighborhoods oI Fort
Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, and BedIord-Stuyvesant.

Spelman College is a highly selective, historically Black liberal arts college Ior women located in Atlanta,
Georgia.
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