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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Roosevelt Island Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney And NY State Senator Rebecca Seawright Celebrate Woman's Equality Day

Roosevelt Island Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and NY State Senator Rebecca Seawright celebrated the 44th annual Women's Equality Day

earlier today and renewed calls for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

According to this press release from Congresswoman Maloney:
Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Special Advisor to the Governor Christine Quinn, and several local leaders and elected officials to celebrate the 44th Annual Women’s Equality Day and call for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Maloney, the House sponsor of the ERA, announced her intention to send a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Chairman and the Ranking Member urging them to schedule a hearing on the ERA.

Maloney also released a new Joint Economic Committee Democratic staff report outlining the inequality women still face in today’s economy.

“In 1920 the 19th Amendment changed women’s lives in the United States forever,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “After years of silence and second class citizenship, women were finally granted a voice and the essential right to vote. It’s been almost a century since then, and the struggles women still face make it clear that we are long past due for another life changing amendment: the Equal Rights Amendment. As this new JEC staff report clearly shows, women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, equal protection in cases of child custody, and more. We need to end discrimination on the basis of gender and include at long last the word ‘women’ in the constitution. This Women’s Equality Day let us celebrate the great battles women have won, and gear up for the fight ahead.”...
State Senator Seawright added:
While today is about celebrating American women gaining the right to vote, it is also about bringing attention to the fact that nearly a century after we gained that right, there is still work that needs to be done,..

Congresswoman Maloney has been reminding America of this very real fact by introducing the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress year after year. And though it is shocking that women still do not have this protection, even more alarming is that today – in 2015 – the Equal Rights Amendment still does not have the support it needs. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for her tireless fight for women’s equality and hope that we can all come together in the near future to celebrate the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Click here for the full press release and report on inequality facing woman in today's economy.

On Woman's Equality Day, Ms Maloney called for gender equity in Times Square. The Observer reported today:
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task force to combat toplessness in Times Square, said that whatever rules the panel comes up with should apply equally to the body-painted female “desnudas” whose appearance last week provoked a furor and to the Naked Cowboy who has performed nearly nude in the area for years....
Click here for full Observer article.