Category: Equal Rights

Statement on Equal Pay Day

“More than 150 years since Seneca Falls, 95 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, and 20 years since the Beijing Declaration, we are still fighting for women’s equality. In New York women make 83 cents on the dollar compared to men – barely ahead of the national figure of 77 cents. Both at home and around the globe, the wage gap persists. And while we make progress in… Read more

Statement upon the 42nd Anniversary of the Passage of Roe v. Wade

“After 42 years, we are still fighting a war for a woman’s right to choose on all fronts. We can’t overlook the achievements we’ve won — but there’s an enormous amount left to do, and it’s our obligation at every level of government to defend every woman’s right to choose. “Congress is poised to pass legislation that would tax and punish women for daring to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former B.P. Virginia Fields, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Liz Abzug, and women leaders “Take the Pledge” to register women voters

Brewer stands amongst various females leaders for Women's Equality Day NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, attorney and daughter of former Manhattan Congresswoman Bella Abzug Liz Abzug, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board Amy Loprest, President of the National Organization for Women NYS Zenaida Mendez, Hunter High School student Sarina Gupta, joined other women leaders today to urge New Yorkers to “Take the Pledge” to… Read more

End the “Poor Door”

Relegating low- and moderate-income residents of new, mixed-income developments to a “poor door” is wrong and must stop immediately. New York City thrives on fairness and diversity. Creating a two-tier system in the same building is anathema to everything that makes Manhattan great. I consider any separate-but-equal rationalization an offensive relic of history.Today, July 25, 2014, I stood on City Hall steps to demand revisions to the city’s Inclusionary… Read more