Women's Equality & Health
4:26 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Mayor Miner and Local Supporters Rally Behind Governor's Women's Equality Acts

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is joining forces with local Women’s Rights and Health supporters to call on the State Legislature to pass the Women’s Equality Act.  The Mayor gathered with advocates today at the Harriett-May-Mills House in Syracuse to help push the bill along before the legislative session ends.  

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner promotes women's equality and health issues at the Harriett-May-Mills House in Syracuse, NY on June 18, 2013.
Credit Max Brady, WAER News

“So we stand here to say that we want to achieve pay equity, for women who are currently working, for women that will be working in the future," said Miner.  We want to protect reproductive health and choice; we want to stop sexual harassment in all work places”.

Governor Cuomo’s ten point plan would also end housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence.  The agenda was kind of a surprise, says Betty DeFazio, Planned Parenthood of Syracuse Director of Community Affairs.

“We didn’t know what he was going to be put on the agenda and I think I mentioned in my remarks today poll after poll after poll has shown New Yorkers across all kinds demographic characteristics support this legislation," DeFazio said.

Her group plans to send more than 430 postcards to all state senators, with the majority going to Senator Dave Valesky, who could have some influence as a member of the independent democratic caucus, DeFazio says.

If passed, the women's equality act will:

1. Achieve Pay Equity
2. Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
3. Remove Barriers to Remedying Discrimination
4. End Family Status Discrimination
5. Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence.
6. Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
7. Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws
8. Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
9. Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All
10. Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner gives her support for Governor Cuomo's proposed Women's Equality Legislation at a press conference in Syracuse on June 18, 2013.