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New York Women’s Equality Coalition Launches 2014 Statewide Advocacy Campaign on National Equal Pay Day
Calls on State Legislators to Make the Women’s Equality Act Law
NEW YORK—The New York Women’s Equality Coalition, made up of over 850 organizations and businesses from across the state, kicks off its 2014 advocacy campaign on National Equal Pay Day by calling on legislators across the state to end unfair pay practices and pass the Women’s Equality Act (WEA). WEA will address the many areas in which women face discrimination and barriers to equal opportunities, including pay equity and women’s economic security, access to reproductive health care, and freedom from violence.
This year, April 8th marks Equal Pay Day, the date in 2014 that women’s salaries catch up to men’s earnings from 2013. In New York State, women head more than one million households and a majority of working mothers – more than 63% – are their family’s primary or co-breadwinner.
Joining forces to combat this disparity, the New York Women’s Equality Coalition and the Equal Pay Coalition – New York City are organizing equal pay week events to highlight the wage gap and the importance of passing WEA. The Women’s Equality Coalition is also launching its on-the-ground organizing efforts and a series of meetings with legislators across the state in their home districts to push for the legislation.
The Women’s Equality Act will strengthen our equal pay laws for women by making it tougher for employers to get away with paying women less, outlawing wage secrecy policies and preventing employer retaliation, and increasing damages available to a prevailing litigant to 300% of unpaid wages. The anti-retaliation measures of WEA parallel the new protections afforded the employees of federal contractors in President Obama’s Equal Pay Day Executive Order.
Pay disparity affects the health and economic well-being of New York women and their families. The Women’s Equality Act will ensure equal pay, justice and health for all New York families.
The NYWEC Steering Committee is comprised of the following organizations:
A Better Balance; AAUW-NYS; Family Planning Advocates of NYS; League of Women Voters NYS; National Organization for Women – NYC; New York Civil Liberties Union, NYS AFL-CIO; NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition; NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Equal Pay Coalition NYC; Planned Parenthood Advocates of NY; Sanctuary for Families; YWCAs of New York State