The issue of women’s rights in New York State is not a new concept. The year was 1848, the culmination of decades of organizing by women around the country for suffrage, when these women hosted the first women’s rights conference. The place – New York. Seneca Falls, to be exact, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered her Declaration of Sentiments.
Since then women certainly have made some huge leaps towards equality. The issues have changed; the need to act has not. It is time that we work towards finishing some of what our suffragist sisters began. And to this end, I think Governor Cuomo may be on to something.
Just under a month ago, during his State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo unveiled his plan for a Women’s Equality Act, aimed at finally reaffirming New York’s place as a state leader for women’s rights. The Women’s Equality Act, in sum, consists of a ten-point plan intended to close the “gender gap” and significantly change the lives of women – this year!
For a list of each of the ten points, check out the governor’s website here.
This bill is not our mother (or grandmother’s) Equal Rights Amendment. Cuomo’s thorough analysis of – and proposed working-solutions to – various issues faced by contemporary women is the first of many steps on the state (and hopefully soon the national) level to address the fact that half of the population is still perceived and taught that they are second-class citizens. We will not idly sit by and permit this treatment, and now we have a governor who refuses to do the same.
To check out a list of organizations that support the Women’s Equality Act, click here.
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In the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.”
New York, ladies and gentlemen.