HUDSON—Advocates gathered in the sunshine outside Mexican Radio on Warren Street last Thursday, April 4, lending vocal support to the Women’s Equality Agenda (WEA). Governor Cuomo announced the agenda during his State of the State address. It’s a 10-point plan with the goal of reducing discrimination against women in the workplace and in housing, improving women’s safety and wellbeing and ensuring equal treatment under the law.
Speakers from Columbia County acknowledged the great strides women have made in the last 40 years; in New York State, however, women still earn only 84% of what men earn, according to the WEA. Lee Jamison of Stuyvesant noted that in the generation as recent as her grandmother’s, women could not vote. Not until she was in her 20s was Jamison’s grandmother “granted” the right to vote.
“The unfortunate reality is that women are still struggling in many areas of our society, bringing economic instability to our local families, businesses and communities,” said Blue Carreker of the WEA Capital Region Coalition in a press release.
The Capital Region Coalition comprises more than 100 businesses, women’s groups, labor groups, civil rights organizations, medical associations and religious groups united in support of the agenda. For more information, visit nywomensequality.org.