It’s probably not news to you when you hear that women’s equality is suffering across the country. Women are making, on average, 77 cents on the dollar and continue to face discrimination in the workplace. A man is 32 times more likely to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company than a woman. Every woman deserves the opportunity to become a powerhouse in her field. 25% of women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. These women need a break.
And if you live in New York state, listen up. There’s a better chance this could happen in just three words: Women’s Equality Party.
In my lifetime, I’ve been waiting for this day where a party is dedicated to women’s rights. To tell my 11 year-old daughter that this is happening in 2014 is completely fabulous.
For the first time, voters in New York state have the chance to create a political party dedicated to establishing equality. The Women’s Equality Party is focused on electing candidates that stand up for women’s rights and support the Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point plan to establish full equality in the state of New York. This includes enacting laws that would require equal pay for equal work, ending sexual harassment in the workplace, and ending hiring and salary discrimination against parents.
What does the Women’s Equality Party stand for?
Candidates who run as part of the Women’s Equality Party are committed to passing the full Women’s Equality 10 point plan:
- Establish Pay Equity for Women
- Stop Sexual Harassment in Every Workplace
- Stop Businesses from Discriminating against Pregnant Women
- Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
- End Hiring and Salary Discrimination Against Parents
- Stop Landlord Discrimination Against Women Who Depend on Housing Assistance
- Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
- Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws
- Apply the full standards of Roe v. Wade in New York
In addition, these candidates also pledge to support passing new legislation that will subject colleges and universities in New York to new oversight and reform how they handle sexual assaults, including incidents involving rape, that are reported on their campuses
Here are 3 simple things you can do to help grow this new, burgeoning movement:
- Follow WEP on Facebook and Twitter.
- Ask your friends to pledge to vote the WEP line on November 4. We must get to 50,000 votes to make this party a reality for future elections!
- Mark November 4th on your calendar to vote on the Women’s Equality Party line.
For even more information, go to the Women’s Equality Party web site.