Our Call To Elected Officials: Prioritize Women’s Equality

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

We stand together with individuals and organizations across New York State as part of PowHer New York, a nonpartisan network working together to promote women’s economic equality in our state and the nation.

PowHer represents tens of thousands of New Yorkers who urge you to address and prioritize policies that significantly affect women’s health, safety and economic opportunities.

New York’s history includes many of the first advancements for women’s equality and we carry that history with pride. Now, as we step into an uncertain future, New York must not hesitate. We must continue to pave this road and finish the journey that began at Seneca Falls, especially as we celebrate New York State’s suffrage centennial this year.

Too many women still lack access to: better jobs and equal pay, fair wages, improved workplace practices, leadership roles, caregiving support, quality child care, affordable housing, physical security, and healthcare, including reproductive services. Particularly impacted are: women of color; immigrant women; lesbian, bisexual and transgender women; women with disabilities; and women with low or fixed incomes.

Although proud of our legislative accomplishments in recent years designed to reduce 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.

Organizational Signatures as of January 5, 2017:

2020 Women on Boards NYC Campaign Committee

50/50 in 2020 Coalition

9-5 National Association of Working Women

A Better Balance

American Association of University Women-NYS

AAUW of Rockland County

Asian Women in Business

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute

Catalyst Inc.

Center for Children’s Initiatives

Center for Popular Democracy

Center for the Women of New York

Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano

Change Create Transform

Chhaya CDC

Citizen Action of New York

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York

Collaboration for  Construction Women

Community Service Society

Concerned Clergy for Choice


Eileen Fisher Community Foundation

Enterprising and Professional Women New York City

Equal Pay, Now!

Family Planning Advocates of New York State

Family Values @ Work

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)


Human Rights Project/Urban Justice Center

Inclusion Strategies

Institute For The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, Inc.

International Code Council

Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

League of Professional Theatre Women

League of Women Voters NYS

League of Women Voters NYC

Lean In NYC

Legal Momentum

Local 1180, Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO

Make it Work


The Ms. Foundation for Women

Nation to Nation Networking

National Association for Female Executives

National Council of Jewish Women New York Lakeville

National Council of Jewish Women New York

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Institute for Reproductive Health

National Organization of Italian Women

National Partnership for Women and Families

National Women’s Law Center

New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Coalition of 100 Black Women

The New York Immigration Coalition

New York Paid Leave Coalition

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

New York State Pay Equity Coalition

New York Women in Communications

New York Women in Film and Television

New York Women’s Agenda

New York Women’s Bar Association

New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce

New York Women’s Foundation

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)

NOW Brooklyn-Queens




NY Union Child Care Coalition


NYS Women, Inc.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Planned Parenthood of New York City

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes

Raising Women’s Voices-NY

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) New York

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

The Superbwoman, Inc.

Take the Lead

The Transition Network

UN Women Metro NYC Chapter

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.


WNY Women’s Foundation

Women in Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

Women in Development- NYC

Women in Health Management

Women, Chefs and Restaurateurs

Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement

Women’s City Club of New York

Women’s Fund of Long Island

Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Organizing Network

Works-In Progress Associates


YWCA Binghamton

YWCA Brooklyn

YWCA Cortland

YWCA Elmira

YWCA Genesee County

YWCA Greater Capital Region

YWCA Jamestown

YWCA Mohawk Valley

YWCA Niagara Frontier

YWCA Northeastern NY

YWCA of the City of New York

YWCA Orange County

YWCA Queens

YWCA Rochester

YWCA Syracuse

YWCA Ulster

YWCA Western New York

YWCA Westfield

YWCA White Plains

YWCA Yonkers

Zonta Club of Greater Queens

Zonta Club of New York