Today is Women’s Equality Day in the U.S., commemorating Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution was certified and gave women the right to vote.
It also provided an opportunity today for Democrats and Republicans to point fingers as to why the Legislature left the state Capitol in June without agreeing on a 10-point women’s equality agenda sought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Senate passed nine of the 10 points, minus the abortion piece. The Democratic-led Assembly passed the whole thing.
“Today should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we have not yet realized the goal of protecting women’s rights, health and values. I look forward to fighting for and passing the Women’s Equality Act and other crucial protections for women’s rights next session,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, responded that the Assembly should come back and pass the nine points that the Senate approved, which included stronger workplace protections for women.
“With ‘Women’s Equality Day’ upon us, I once again urge Speaker Silver to bring his members back to Albany to complete work on the nine agreed-upon bills that make up our robust 2013 women’s equality agenda,” Skelos said in a statement.
“Thanks to our efforts, New York stands at the doorstep of achieving historic new laws that will guarantee equal pay for equal work, protect the victims of domestic violence, end human trafficking and stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace. There is no denying that these nine measures will improve the lives of countless women throughout our state, and that the Assembly’s failure to act would be a grave injustice.”
The Legislature is not expected to return to Albany until January, which will be an election year. The Senate is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and four Democrats.