Women for Westchester has formed to push governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda


A group called Women for Westchester has formed to advocate passage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda and to continue from there working on future legislation.

“Women for Westchester (W4W) is an alliance of our county’s residents committed to advancing legislative bills, social policy, and actions that enable women to participate more fully and equally in society,” says the email announcing its formation.

The group will ask politicians to sign a petition supporting the agenda, which Cuomo announced in his State of the State Address, and it’s looking for volunteers. The contact is Catherine@WomenForWestchester.

The group is affiliated with WCLA — Choice Matters. The announcement goes on to say:

The Women’s Equality Agenda’s 10-Point proposal is:

• Equal Pay for Equal Work

• Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces

• Ensure Just Restitution for Victims of Discrimination

• Strengthen Laws Against Human Trafficking

• End Discrimination Against Families

• End Discrimination Against Tenants

• Stop Housing Discrimination

• End Pregnancy Discrimination

• Protect Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Orders of Protection

• Protect Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Women are discriminated against in almost every aspect of their lives and, sadly, these inequalities only increase throughout a woman’s life. Did you know that women are twice as likely to live out old age in poverty than men?

Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his 2013-14 budget proposal Tuesday in Albany. The $136 billion budget proposal would raise spending 1.9 percent without tax increases, but New Yorkers would feel some fee increases. Mike Groll/AP


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  1. If this is about expanding abortion, which I think it is, that’s not right and I’m pro-choice, but what that NY woman did in Maryland was wrong. 30 weeks is a viable baby and then the family had the nerve to name the baby being aborted. Kind of makes me sick to think about it.

  2. Women’s rights and your interpretation of what you think happened in Maryland??? Only the extremist anti-choicers have claimed to have violated doctor-patient privilege and be in the supposed-know. Somehow I doubt 100% that you are “pro-choice.” Easy to claim to one thing when you want credibility that you in no way deserve.

  3. Common Sense on

    Roberta your position on this is over-the-top radical. You are not simply “pro-choice” like Jakers above, you seem to be a full blown infantisist. New York has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the United States, we don’t need to loosen restrictions any further. This group is just another “men are oppressors and deadbeats” group hell bent on eradicating anything remotely masculine. It is with great hope that they fail in their misguided mission.

  4. Working Woman on

    How did this become an exclusive argument about abortion?
    This is a measure to guarantee equality for women in all aspects of private industry employment where women get lower pay for equal work. There are more arguments besides abortion.
    Private industry continues to deny the same salaries and the same rights to women every day right here in NY and in Westchester. Women are angry and wont let this be forgotten by the male dominated Boards of Directors in private industry

  5. Notice how the radical and extreme reproductive health act is last? Evil likes to hide in the darkness and to disguise itself as something else.
    New York State is already the abortion capital of the world with 40% of all pregnancies ending with abortion in NYC.
    You want to have a non-doctor perform a partial birth abortion (killing while birthing) and force Catholic Hospitals and schools to refer for and perform abortions or face discrimination charges?

    This is not about reproducing, health or women. THIS IS ABOUT MONEY!

  6. Eileen, sadly you are totally uninformed. The women’s equality agenda is about equal pay for equal work, effective protection for victims of domestic violence, protection in the work place for pregnant women, protecting against human trafficking, an end to discrimination against tenants-maybe you could take time to read the material…