Fight for Women’s Economic Equality!

To those holding or seeking elected office:

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We stand together with individuals and organizations across New York State as part of the nonpartisan PowHer the Vote campaign to promote women’s economic equality.

To those holding or seeking elected office, this is our Call to Action:

The PowHer the Vote Campaign represents tens of thousands of New Yorkers who urge you to address and prioritize policies that significantly affect women’s lives and economic success.

We call your attention to the unfinished business of better jobs and equal pay, fair wages, improved workplace practices, care giving, access to quality childcare and health services including reproductive rights, leadership opportunities, and physical security.

Although proud of our legislative accomplishments in recent years designed to reduced gender discrimination, much more can and must be done. We will not squander our momentum or be satisfied with the status quo. We urge all our leaders to prioritize issues critical to women’s well-being in the months and years ahead.

At all levels, inequities persist.

  • Women outnumber men in college completion rates and now make up nearly half the workforce, but there is still a gap in access to leadership positions and in wages, especially for women of color.
  • The new reality is that the “traditional family” with a sole-male breadwinner is now the exception, with 7 in 10 mothers in the U.S. workforce, but the workplace has not caught up to the needs of modern families.
  • Motherhood would not be a penalty with accessible family planning, child care, and workplace benefits.
  • In addition to the human cost, the societal price of Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. is over $5.9 billion annually.
  • Fairer wages for “women’s work” and training for “non-trad” jobs would aid the nearly 40% of mothers live in poverty across New York State.

To: To those holding or seeking elected office:
From: [Your Name]

The PowHer the Vote Campaign represents tens of thousands of New Yorkers who urge you to address and prioritize policies that significantly affect women’s lives and economic success.

We call your attention to the unfinished business of better jobs and equal pay, fair wages, improved workplace practices, care giving, access to quality childcare and health services including reproductive rights, leadership opportunities, and physical security.

Although proud of our legislative accomplishments in recent years designed to reduced gender discrimination, much more can and must be done. We will not squander our momentum or be satisfied with the status quo. We urge all our leaders to prioritize issues critical to women’s well-being in the months and years ahead.