Grand Island Professional Business Women's Chapter of NYS Women, Inc.
Who Are We?
Near & dear to my heart are the issues that effect women. I am proud & honored to be the Vice-President of this fine organization. I have been a member for 8 years and have met and made friends of some of the most amazing women you will find anywhere. We are doctors, lawyers, realtors, researchers, hairstylists, nurses & bankers to mention just a few professions representing our organization. We are united in the efforts to solve many of the problems that women face in ‘Today’s world’.
What Do We Hope to Achieve?
The Women's Equality Coalition (WEC), a statewide coalition of over 850 women's groups, businesses, religious organizations, medical groups, and advocacy organizations, united behind the mission of securing stronger laws for the women and families of New York State, commends the New York State Legislature for advancing a number of crucial measures during the 2015 legislative session to improve the lives of New York women.
Multiple measures of the Women’s Equality Act, first proposed in 2013 by Governor Andres Cuomo, were passed and will facilitate much needed updates to New York law. The bills, now awaiting Governor Cuomo's signature, include provisions that will:
▪ Strengthen equal pay laws;
▪ Ensure workplace protections for pregnant workers and parents;
▪ Extend the prohibition on workplace sexual harassment to small workplaces;
▪ Improve safety and resources for human trafficking survivors;
▪ Ease access to the courts for those who prove sex discrimination; and add important housing anti-discrimination measures for New York families.
▪ Earlier this week on the The Daily Show, Jon Stewart cited a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) that predicts women won’t reach pay parity with men until 2058.
▪ The state Assembly is poised to take up several of the individual components of the Women’s Equality Agenda as separate bills, ending a two-year impasse caused by a controversial reproductive rights plank.
▪ The Women’s Equality Act, first introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2013, has several provisions, all of which are in keeping with our legislative platform and advocacy statement, in that they would redress the injustices, inequities and discrimination that women face throughout their lives.
▪ Assembly’s anti-trafficking justice and prevention package offers real reform and victim relief
I Want to Be a Part of the Forward Motion!
It is heartening to see more women entering the political arena. For significant change we need a seat at the table. One way to get to the table is to run for elected office… where we will have a vote,.. where we will have influence on the day to day workings of our communities. We need to support women who are willing to step up. We need to vote! It is my hope that women will come out in large numbers to use their power. There is a lot of work yet to be done to ensure equality for women. I am eager to be apart of that process.