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PPNCNY Joins Women's Equailty Coalition in the North Country

Published: | Updated: 04.02.13

[Plattsburgh, NY]—Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York (PPNCNY) has joined a coalition of 10 organizations from across the North Country who are working together as the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, North Country Region in vigorous support of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda. Coalition members stand united with one another and with eight other regional groups across the state, urging broad support of this historic Agenda.

The North Country region coalition also includes 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, American Association of University Women - St. Lawrence County Branch, League of Women Voters of Hamilton County, League of Women Voters of Plattsburgh, League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, League of Women Voters of Warren County, St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence,  STOP Domestic Violence/BHSN, and YWCA of North Eastern New York.

During his January 9 State of the State address, the Governor presented the Women’s Equality Agenda, a 10-point plan to break down barriers women face in the most essential areas of life. The Women’s Equality Agenda will reduce discrimination in the workplace and in housing, improve women’s safety and wellbeing, and ensure equal treatment under the law. Support for the Governor’s Agenda began to grow immediately following his announcement and, to date, more than 650 businesses and organizations make up the statewide coalition.

“New York women still struggle in many areas of their lives.  If we can remove the barriers to advancement that women in our state face, we will all benefit,” said Betsy Brown, President and CEO of the PPNCNY.

·         Women in New York earn 84 percent of what men earn, and that disparity is even more drastic for African American and Hispanic women.

·        Eighty-eight percent of public assistance cases for families are filed by women, and 71 percent of public housing units are occupied by female-headed household

  • Women who are pregnant or have children are less likely to be hired, promoted, or given raises

·         Women are five times more likely than men to be sexually harassed, and one in four women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime.

  •   Inequality persists throughout the course of a woman’s life, meaning a woman is twice as likely as a man to live out old age in poverty.

“New York can be a national leader in leveling the playing field for women,” said Brown.

This Agenda, and the extraordinary range of businesses and groups supporting it in the North Country and throughout the state, underscores that full equality for women cannot be achieved by taking partial steps or by focusing solely on a single barrier to equality. Rather, the Governor has proposed an ambitious Agenda that recognizes that women’s struggles, and the solutions, are all interconnected.

 

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