NOW - New York State President Zenaida Mendez on CNN International
As woman of the week, Live on Friday, March 15, 2013, Zenaida talked about equal pay for equal work, homophobia, racism, the several roles and responsibilites that women as mothers, wife, caregivers have in society. NotiMujer has a viewership of 30 million households, multiply by 4.
Women Leaders Unite in a Call for Women's Rights and
Declares Importance of Women's Equality Agenda for
New York State
"It is hard to believe that in 2013 in NYS women are still fighting for basic human rights. The Women Equality Act should be a no brainer for anyone who has a mother," said NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez at a March 8, 2013 bilingual Press Conference at City Hall, New York City.
YES to Women Equality in New York State!
NOW - NYS and NOW chapters across New York State have joined with more than 300 organizations to push forward the New York State Women's Equality Act legislation. The Women's Equality Agenda is a 10-point plan that will strengthen our laws and tackle issues that are key to equality.
Call your Senator at 518-455-2800 to ask that s/he support Gov. Cuomo's 10-Point Women's Equality Agenda.
1. Protect a woman's freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive
2. Achieve pay equity
3. Stop sexual harassment in all workplaces
4. Allow for recovery of attorneys' fees in employment and credit and
5. Strengthen human trafficking laws
6. End family status discrimination
7. Stop source-of-income discrimination
8. Stop housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence
9. Stop pregnancy discrimination once and for all
10. Protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening order-of0
The National Organization for Women Advocates
for True, Fair Immigration Reform
Immigration affects women deeply as more than half of the almost 11 million undocumented immigrants are women and children. NOW-NYS supports immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship, promotes the reunification of families, includes protections against exploitation in the workplace, and doesn't include fences, walls or border prisons. Read more.
Congratulations to Newly Elected NOW - NYS Officers
New Officers Gaby Moreno, Heidi Siegfried, Barbara Kirkpatrick and Zenaida Mendez.
And a BIG thank you to out-going president Marcia Pappas.
Zenaida Mendez, Author Anita Finlay and Marcia Pappas.
Women Need Access to
Reproductive Health Care!
With only one month remaining in the legislative session, now more than ever, we must tell our NYS Legislators that women need access to reproductive health care. As many of you know, women's rights and specifically reproductive rights are under attack in the War on Women.
The Reproductive Health Act has support from the majority of New York State residents (70%); NYS Legislators need to hear from you regarding this legislation. This act, if signed into law, will improve the health of every woman who resides in New York State, giving her access of contraception and safe and legal abortions without interference from the government.
It will put abortion procedures in the health code where they belong, instead of in the penal code.
Governor Cuomo has stated that he fully supports this legislation and will sign it into law when passed by the NYS Legislature.
Contact your NYS Legislator today and tell her/him to pass the New York State Reproductive Health Act. It's as easy as clicking a few times.
"Title IX has been pigeon-holed as a sports-equity law for schools. Wendy Murphy says an unconscionable case of sex harassment against a Texas cheerleader shows how the widespread misunderstanding of the law hinders justice." Read the entire article.
Oppose the "Cat Food" Commission -- Build the Campaign Against Raising the Retirement Age
Your help is needed to build opposition in Congress against dramatic Social Security benefit cuts we expect will be proposed by President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Dominated by conservatives, the group has been dubbed the "Cat Food" Commission because of their apparent intention to push millions of people -- especially women -- out of the middle class and into poverty. Learn more about the Commission and what you can do.
Be a Part of Women's History. Help Us Pass the
Women's Equality Amendment
Do you know that women are not represented in the U.S. Constitution? This past July, NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney re-introduced the Women's Equality Amendment which states "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United Stated or by any State on account of sex."
Donate $10 and sign our signature ad to tell the world that you believe in equality for all women. Donate here (in the Comment box type Women's Equality Amendment) or read more about our signature campaign.
Is your name listed here? See who is and then join us in our support of the ERA.
Disorder in the Courts! Participate in this very important survey
From New York to California, women have suffered at the hands of courts that are biased against women. NOW - New York State is asking custodially embattled parents, lawyers and judges to complete a survey. The survey will be used by NOW - NYS to update its research for legislative purposes. The survey is available as a PDF document or a Word document.
Pass Pay Equity Legislation in New York State
NOW New York State is a member of the NYS Pay Equity Coalition. We are working diligently to make sure that women receive equal pay. The feminization of poverty is an issue that affects women in their everyday lives.
Women continue to make only 77 cents on the $1.00 that their male counterpart makes. It is time for New York State to pass The Fair Pay Act (A-2712/S-3936). This bill has been introduced into the NYS Assembly by Susan John. The NYS Assembly has passed this bill but, it has yet to pass the Senate. Senator Craig Johnson is the prime sponsor in the NYS Senate.
Take action. Print the Petition and send emails to your NYS legislators and Governor Paterson. Go to our Take Action section for a form letter that you can sign and send. We also have posted the Action Tool Kit that has been designed by the Coalition:
Equal Rights Amendment Read why it is time to pass the ERA - Equal Rights Amendment - now! Sign our petition asking New York State legislators to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
NOW - New York State has received numerous requests from women on campuses asking how they can start a NOW chapter or a CAN (Campus Action Network). For more information on how you can start a NOW chapter or a CAN, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.452.3944
Words To Live By
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences." -- Susan B. Anthony
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