Paycheck Fairness Act moves forward in Senate

Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 15:44 pm

JUST IN: By a vote of 73-25, the Senate has agreed to move on to a full debate of the Paycheck Fairness Act for the first time. (This bill is the model for the NYS Women’s Equality Act pay equity provisions.)

Finally, Americans will get a hearing on the Senate floor about the issue. The next big vote will be the one to end debate which needs 60 votes before the bill can have an up or down vote. Then a simple majority is needed to pass the bill.

While it is still an uphill battle to get this passed, and there’s a rough road ahead for the cloture vote needed to end debate, this is the farthest the bill has gone. The issue will have visibility and anything can happen in an election year.

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Join #POWHERList Hangout on Wednesday @1PM!

Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 18:14 pm

9_10 Powherlist graphicJOIN WED. 9/10 @ 1pm LIVE CONVERSATION!

Finally, women’s issues are taking center stage in the election debate across the country, and especially here in New York. While the NYS Women’s Equality Act would significantly expand women’s rights, achieving economic equality is the next challenge – and opportunity – ahead.

How will the next class of elected officials address the poverty rate of 22% for New York women and girls? What solutions will they champion to make the workplace work for families, and to ensure women have access to higher paying professions they can live on and retire on with dignity? Who will fight for policies to promote women’s leadership and advancement?

Now is the time to ask! That’s why the NYS PowHER Network created the #POWHERLIST Campaign to spotlight the need for increased economic opportunity and fairness, and to focus on solutions. Read More

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#POWHERLIST Campaign Launches on Women’s Equality Day

Posted by on August 24, 2014 at 14:29 pm

The 2014 election season is an exceptional opportunity to amplify the conversation on women’s economic equality. In our state, NYS PowHER’s Fall Campaign will do just that to ensure that a women’s economic agenda is not sidelined, but rather takes center stage.

The spotlights the need and focuses on solutions for increased economic opportunity and fairness. As well, we want to demonstrate that women expect action on key issues and are dissatisfied with the current state of inequity.

The  #POWHERLIST proposes a dozen issues that must be addressed to create economic equality including: Fair wages ∙ Retirement Security ▪ Better Job Opportunities ▪ Affordable Education ▪ Safe, Family Friendly Workplaces ▪  Flexible Schedules ▪ Childcare ▪ Reproductive Options ▪ Close the Wage Gap ▪ Caregiver’s pay ▪ Access to Capital ▪ Women’s Voices at the Table. See attached graphic

“WHAT’s ON YOUR LIST?” is the question we are asking the public and electoral candidates. Read More

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Weekly Women’s Economic Equity News now available

Posted by on August 24, 2014 at 14:25 pm

NYS POWHERWant articles and news on Equal Pay? Go to NYS PowHER’s website for up-to-date information and weekly Women’s Economic Equity Newsletter. We are proud to be part of this statewide network working to accelerate women’s economic equality. Also follow on twitter and facebook: @NYSPowHER

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White House Working Families Summit

Posted by on June 23, 2014 at 08:30 am

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC and NYS PowHER will be represented at the White House Summit on Working Families by Beverly Neufeld. Look for tweets and follow-ups. @EqualPayNY @NYSPowHER You can participate by going to:

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 11:48 am

This week is not only Father’s Day, it’s also Mother’s Equal Pay Day, the day in 2014 when an average working mother’s earnings catches up to the median salary that a working father made in 2013. That’s over 17 months of work for one year’s pay!

There are solutions including the Equal Pay provisions of the NYS Women’s Equality Act!

The session in Albany is over next week and we are continuing to press our legislators to act on WEA THIS YEAR! Join the Twitter rally at 3PM today.

5 FACTS ABOUT MOTHERS AT WORK from National Women’s Law Center:  

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Rally for Women’s Equality Act!

Posted by on June 11, 2014 at 06:47 am

Advocates and Legislators call on NYS Senate to take a vote on the 10 Point Women’s Equality Act

WEA Rally June 2014

WEA Rally June 2014

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Help Coalition push for Women’s Equality Act

Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

Here we are again, pressing our legislators to pass the Women’s Equality Act and make some progress for NY women.

Today the Women’s Equality Coalition is holding a lobby day and press conference at 2:00 calling for the Senate to vote on WEA.

You can help by
2. CALL/EMAIL your Senator today.
**518-455-2800 or get contact info go to:

**Message: As part of the Women’s Equality Coalition (and name your organization) we urge you to bring the Women’s Equality Act to a vote in the Senate.

**This is especially important if he or she is a member of the IDC or Republican caucuses since they hold the power to bring this to a vote.

There are only a few days left to session and anything can still happen so we need your voice to be heard now!


· Follow @NY4Women @EqualPayNY @NYSPowHER
· Use #UpgradeNY in every tweet, you can also use #WEA
· Direct your tweet at specific people

Jeff Klein @JeffKleinNY
Andrea Stewart-Cousins @AndreaSCousins
Dean Skelos @SenatorSkelos

Susan Arbetter – Capitol Pressroom-WNYC @sarbetter
Casey Seiler @CaseySeiler
Karen DeWitt NPR – North Country @kdewitt7
Brian Lehrer WNYC @brianlehrer
Jimmy Vielkind Capital New York @JimmyVielkind
Nick Reisman Capital Tonight @NickReisman
Liz Benjamin Capital Tonight @CTLizB
Teri Weaver Syracuse Post Standard @TeriKWeaver
Tom Precious Buffalo News @TomPreciousALB

Sample Tweets are below:
@SenatorSkelos #WEA deserves a vote, so let’s give it one! #UpgradeNY

@JeffKleinNY #WEA deserves a vote, Bring it to the floor! #UpgradeNY

Equal Laws, Equal Lives. Equal Pay. Support the #WEA and #UpgradeNY

NY Needs laws as strong as NY Women! #UpgradeNY

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Look for Weekly Economic Equity News Roundup

Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 23:53 pm

With the help of NYS PowHER, a statewide network work together to advance women’s economic status, you can get the most up-to-date articles and information in a weekly round-up! Go to

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 at 16:54 pm

Citizens and Elected Officials Call for Stronger Laws

In a display of extraordinary solidarity and New York spirit, Equal Pay Day 2014 was marked by a groundswell of support from local and state elected officials and grassroots groups in the form of municipal proclamations, press conferences and public events, letters to the editors and op-eds, visits and calls to NYS Legislators – even apples and cake! From every corner of the state – including Albany, Buffalo, Elmira, Manhattan, North Hempstead, Potsdam, and Rochester – New Yorkers sent a clear message: We need and want stronger equal pay laws now!

April 8th and the following days were packed with action and dialogue about the persistent wage gap, how to end gender wage discrimination, the necessary protections included in the Women’s Equality Act, federal legislation and President Obama’s Executive Order protecting employees of federal contractors from retaliation for sharing salary information.

Please take a few moments to look through the many published articles and constituent letters, list of local activities, and gallery of pictures linked below. This round-up of activities is not complete, but will give you an idea of the level of energy and the grassroots commitment exhibited by New Yorkers statewide.

We thank you for your support of the proposed equal pay reforms in the Women’s Equality Act. Let’s work together in the next 2 months to move from legislation to law!


Have an Equal Pay Day picture or article? Send it to:


ACTIVITIES: (scroll down for press)

Statewide, activities were organized by the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, Women’s Equality Coalitin and the many chapter so AAUW, LWV, YWCA, and NOW. Here are some highlights:

  • Albany: Mayor Kathy Sheehan issued an Equal Pay Day Proclamation, and Event, Letters to Editor of Times Union
  • Binghamton: Binghamton University and Broome Community College hosted Equal Pay Day events
  • Brooklyn: Borough President Eric Adams issued an Equal Pay Day Proclamation, and City Council Members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Carlos Menchaca issued Letters of Support
  • Buffalo : County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that businesses applying for tax incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (“ECIDA”) must agree to end wage disparities among their employees, news coverage

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