Women’s groups are holding six news conferences around the state Thursday to express support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point yet-to-be-introduced measure that includes an abortion codification bill as well as safeguards against human trafficking, pregnancy discrimination and pay inequity.
More than 750 organizations have joined a Women’s Equality Coalition, which is hosting events in Rochester; Buffalo; Newburgh, Orange County; Schenectady, Schenectady County; Hudson, Columbia County; and Mineola, Nassau County. More events are planned next week, the groups announced in a news release Thursday.
“We believe that passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda would be a monumental step forward for the thousands of low-wage women workers that we serve each year,” said Milan Bhatt, co-executive director of the Worker Justice Center of NY, in Kingston. “By addressing gender-based income inequities and ensuring that victims of discrimination, domestic abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of abuse are able to achieve justice, New York can set a national standard for workplace fairness and equality.”