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NY WEA Rallies for Stronger Pregnancy Law

New York, N.Y. – The New York Women’s Equality Coalition was joined by pregnant women and new mothers in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act today. Despite it being illegal for over three decades, pregnancy discrimination still persists across New York State. Women are routinely pushed out of their jobs when they require a modest adjustment in order to stay healthy and on the job. The New York Women’s Equality Agenda includes a critically important measure that would strengthen pregnancy discrimination protections and ensure that no woman has to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her job. However, this provision will die on December 31st, 2013, unless state legislators take action. A Better Balance, NOW-NYC, and Equal Pay Coalition NYC organized the rally.

As Christy Turlington Burns, model, maternal health advocate, and founder of Every Mother Counts said.

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Pelosi in NY to Push Equal Pay

October 4 – The Equal Pay Coalition NYC was proud to co-sponsor a forum with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez, and Carolyn Maloney, advocates and students at Hunter College centered on the new initiative, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” This nationwide effort focuses on expanding economic opportunity for women across the country, pay equity is a key pillar. See event online

The program highlighted the stories of three New York women. Our friend and colleague Cynthia DiBartoli, President of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce, shared how critical her father’s family leave was to her recovery from head and neck cancer. Armanda Legros talked about pregnancy discrimination and pay inequity, and Susana Ramos shared the importance of good child care options for working families. All were examples of why we need strong laws, which the Congresswomen discussed.

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