FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013
Contact: Dianne L. Patterson, 518-727-2500
Statement from the New York Women’s Equality Coalition
(ALBANY, NY) While the small but vocal minority who opposes equality for the women of New York descended on the Capitol this week to circulate their messages of misinformation, the overwhelming support for Governor Cuomo’s ten-point Women’s Equality Agenda plan is indisputable.
More than 550 businesses and business organizations, women’s groups, medical associations, religious groups and civil rights organizations make up the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, which stands united in vigorous support of the Governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda.
The breadth of this Coalition reflects the agreement that women’s full equality does not depend on any one single policy solution, but can only be achieved by addressing the wide range of barriers women face – from overcoming discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in health care provision to achieving equal pay to strengthening our protections for domestic violence survivors and victims of human trafficking. These are commonsense reforms that people across New York are eager for our state to achieve.
According to a Siena Research Institute poll from last week, 84 percent of New Yorkers support the Governor’s proposal to achieve pay equity, and 80 percent support his reproductive health proposal – the main focus of opponents’ energies this week. That support extends across party, gender, religion, region, ethnicity and age and stretches beyond the demographics you might expect, to include 79 percent of voters 55 years and older, 75 percent of men, 72 percent of Catholic voters, 66 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of conservatives.
Opposition to this Agenda is clearly concentrated among a small minority that does not want women in New York to be treated as equal players, does not want the protections of Roe v. Wade to be reflected in state law, and does not want New Yorkers to understand the true implications of this Agenda. Luckily, New Yorkers aren’t buying it, and as these opponents are finding, New Yorkers will choose equality over inequality every time.