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The Women's Equality Act

In his State of the State address on January 9, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the omnibus Women's Equality Agenda, a groundbreaking agenda to break down barriers to women’s full participation in society and advance their health and well-being.

A central component of the Women’s Equality Agenda is ensuring that New York’s abortion law guarantees all the protections in federal precedent and reflects current medical practice in New York. The Women’s Equality Agenda will ensure that a woman can make her own health care decisions during pregnancy, especially if her health is in danger.

The 10 points of the Women's Equality Agenda include:
  • Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice by Ensuring that New York’s Abortion Law Reflects Federal Protections and Current Medical Practice
  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ 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

Movement on the Women's Equality Act

Legislature Passes Nine of the 10 Bills in Women's Equality Act
During the 2015 legislative session, the Senate and Assembly passed nine of the 10 bills that comprised the Women's Equality Act. Those bills all currently await the Governor's signature.

Assembly Introduces Reproductive Services Act, a Standalone Reproductive Health Bill

On March 25th, 2015, the Assembly passed the standalone Reproductive Services Act. In passing this bill, the Assembly made a clear and bold statement that a woman’s ability to make decisions about her reproductive health – including the right to decide whether and when to have children and to protect her health during pregnancy – is essential to her equality and her and her family’s future. Read the press release here.

Senate Leaves Full Equality Behind AGAIN

The 2014 New York State legislative session has ended, and the Senate left the Women’s Equality Act on the table yet again, failing New York’s 10 million women for the second time. The Assembly has passed the Women’s Equality Act twice now, recognizing its necessary and historic nature. Millions of New Yorkers are shocked and outraged that for two years the New York State Senate has been unable to pass the Women’s Equality Act. Read our full press release here.

The NYS Assembly passed the full 10-point Women's Equality Act!

On Monday, January 27th, 2014 the New York State Assembly passed the full 10-point Women's Equality Act as one of its first acts of business of the year! By doing so, the Assembly reaffirmed its commitment to improving the lives of New York's 10 million women, and underscored the vision that our state's women deserve nothing less than full equality, including the right to make personal decisions about our reproductive health. Click here to find out how your Assembly member voted in 2014.

The New York State Assembly boldly passed the full 10-point Women's Equality Act. In passing the bill in its entirety, the Assembly again proved its progressive legacy and commitment to full equality for New York women. Read more here.

The New York State Senate ended its 2013 legislative session by refusing to pass the full ten components of the Women's Equality Act. The Senate leadership passed on the opportunity to bring a vote on the package to the floor, and thus showed ten million women they would rather play politics than establish equality through reproductive justice for New York's women. Read more here.

WEA Coalition TV Ad: If I Were A Man...

The New York Women’s Equality Coalition launched an ad campaign to support the passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda with this TV ad titled, "If I Were A Man..."

NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Second Radio Ad: Real Scandal: How Skelos Treats Women

On Wednesday, May 8th, our second radio ad exposing Senator Skelos' opposition to the Women's Equality Agenda began airing in Albany, and then expanded the next day to Long Island. Click the play button the the widget above to listen!

NARAL Pro-Choice New York's First Radio Ad

On Tuesday, April 16th, our first radio ad in support of the Women's Equality Agenda began airing in Albany. Click the play button the the widget above to listen! Read the press release about the premiere of this ad here.

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