February 21, 2018
Albany, NY

New York's Congressional Delegation Endorses Governor Cuomo's Women's Agenda for New York

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All 18 House Democratic Members Endorse Governor's Bold Set of Proposals to Create Opportunity for All New York Women

Proposals Improve Every Area of Women's Lives: Health, Safety, Workplace, Girls and Family - Read the Agenda Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all 18 members of the New York State Democratic House Delegation have endorsed his 2018 Women's Opportunity Agenda: a bold set of proposals to improve every area of women's lives: health, safety, workplace, girls and family life. Learn more about the agenda here.

"When women succeed, New York succeeds, and I am proud to have the support of these congressional leaders as we work to create opportunity for New York women in all areas of their lives," Governor Cuomo said. "The Women's Opportunity Agenda is a bold set of proposals to build on our proud New York record of furthering equality and ensure that we continue to move women's rights forward, not backward."

"As a former member of the New York Congressional Delegation, I'm proud that we're leading the way in building a society where gender equality is not a vision, but a reality," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Having the support of our members in Congress is a testament to our unity and commitment in saying, Time's Up."

Secretary to the Governor and New York State Council on Women and Girls Chair, Melissa DeRosa, said, "New York is taking decisive action to advance women's rights across our state and this outstanding congressional support is proof positive that Governor Cuomo's vision of equal opportunity for all is a model for the rest of the nation. By prioritizing state policy that supports the dreams of our youngest girls, the Governor's Women's Opportunity Agenda will strengthen the rights of women of all ages and provide the resources needed for the next generation of leaders to develop and grow in New York State."

Congressional Supporters of the Women's Agenda Campaign:

  • Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
  • Congressman Eliot Engel
  • Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey
  • Congressman José E. Serrano
  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler
  • Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
  • Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez
  • Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
  • Congressman Joe Crowley
  • Congressman Brian Higgins
  • Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
  • Congressman Paul Tonko
  • Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
  • Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng
  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice
  • Congressman Adriano Espaillat
  • Congressman Thomas Suozzi

New York has a long and proud legacy of leading the way to advance women's rights. Governor Cuomo knows that when women succeed, New York succeeds, and he has made historic achievements to advance women's equality. Many of the policies and laws that Governor Cuomo has already set in motion to advance women's equality and opportunity will go into effect in 2018, including Paid Family Leave, raised minimum wage and regulations to protect access to contraception no matter what happens at the federal level.This year, New York will build on this progress. The Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity includes the following bold proposals:


  • Pass the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act
  • Codify Roe v. Wade into State Law and Constitution
  • Improve Access to IVF and Fertility Preservation Services
  • Launch Multi-Agency Effort to Combat Maternal Depression
  • Establish the Maternal Mortality Review Board to Save Lives
  • Add Experts in Women's Health and Health Disparities to the State Board of Medicine


  • Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Remove Firearms from Domestic Abusers
  • End Sextortion and Revenge Porn
  • Extend the Storage Timeline for Forensic Rape Kits at Hospitals
  • Extend Human Rights Law Protections to All Public School Students Statewide


  • Combat Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Call on the New York State Common Retirement Fund to Invest in Companies with Women and Minority Leadership
  • Reauthorize MWBE Program Legislation and Expand the MWBE Program to All State-Funded Contracts
  • Increase the Number of Women on State Boards
  • Establish the Women Lead Fellowship for Women in Government
  • Close the Gender Wage Gap
  • Support Women Returning to or Advancing in the Workforce
  • Power Women-Owned Businesses by Taking Steps to Close the Financing Gap
  • Establish New York State as a Model Employer for Working Parents


  • Close the Gender Gap by Giving the Youngest Learners Access to Computer Science and Engineering
  • Launch "If You Can See It You Can Be It" A Day for Girls to See What is Possible
  • Continue the Successful New York State Mentoring Program
  • Create the "Be Aware-Be Informed" Learning Module to Empower Young People to Forge Healthy Relationships
  • Ensure Access to Menstrual Products in Public Schools


  • Invest $25 Million to Expand Vital Pre-K and After-School Programs
  • Continue the Enhanced Child Care Tax Credit for Middle Class Families
  • Establish the Child Care Availability Task Force
  • Ensure Equal Access to Diaper Changing Stations in Public Restrooms
  • Implement the Nation's Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Policy

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said, "From the Seneca Falls convention to women securing the right to vote three years before the rest of the nation, New York has led the way on women's rights. I have fought my entire career to carry on this legacy and am proud to see our state continue to champion policies that help level the playing field for all women."

Congressman Eliot Engel said, "Women may be under attack by Republicans in Washington, but here in New York we understand how important it is to protect women's health and rights. Once again, the Empire State is taking on a leadership role. I applaud Governor Cuomo for spearheading this important report, and I will continue fighting the GOP's regressive, anti-woman agenda in DC."

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo and his administration for taking this important step to ensure respect, equal rights, and equal opportunity for New York women and girls. Our nation is at an historic moment in the fight against harassment and discrimination, and we all have a responsibility to stand against these abuses and bring about meaningful change. From childcare and pre-K to after-school programs, STEM education to reproductive health care, this new agenda invests in the lives of women and girls, advancing their empowerment."

Congressman José E. Serrano said, "Throughout history, we have witnessed some of the most significant advancements in the fight for women's rights in New York. Governor Cuomo's Women's Rights Agenda for 2018 will build on this legacy to continue making progress in the coming years. I am proud to endorse this agenda and I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership on these important policy issues."

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, "Given Trump's horrifying anti-woman agenda and his callous disregard for women on display every day in Washington, we must not only all raise our voices and fight back but we must look to the states to become the protectors of women's rights. I applaud Governor Cuomo's efforts to fill this void with both his Council on Women and Girls and 2018 Agenda. I encourage NYS legislative leaders to act swiftly to enact these proposals and ensure New York's women are protected from the extremism in Washington and that New York is at the forefront of advancing equal rights and equality of opportunity for all."

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said, "Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his dedication to women and girls. I look forward to continuing to work together to continue to advance equality for women."

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez said, "I'm proud to stand by these innovative proposals that will help move the needle in improving women's lives in nearly every area. Making progress for women needs to be a priority at all levels of government and I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in this regard."

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, "Historically, New York has led the nation in empowering women. The policies the Governor has laid out will ensure that New York continues that legacy, and I will partner with him and others in the ongoing fight for gender equality. We won't rest until women finally receive the full equality they deserve in our great state and everywhere else."

Congressman Joe Crowley said, "Governor Cuomo is carrying the torch of New York's proud tradition of fighting for women's rights. By focusing on women's health and the needs of working families, the Governor's initiative will greatly advance the fight for equality."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Policies that promote equal rights and the advancement of women and families lift up our communities, create opportunity, and lay the foundation for a better future for all."

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke said, "In January, Governor Cuomo launched New York's first ever Council on Women and Girls continuing our state's long-standing and illustrious legacy of leading the way to advance women's rights. As the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, I know firsthand the need to develop public policy that reduces disparities experienced by women and girls across this nation. Particularly, the Caucus works to eliminate barriers to success for black women, an area of great importance to myself and the Governor. The Governor and I remain committed to furthering the rights of women and girls and I look forward to working with him on this and other important issues facing the people of New York."

Congressman Paul Tonko said, "America is finally realizing that when women are given equal footing and a fair shot at success, we all benefit. Their work, vision and leadership have propelled our state and nation forward from our founding, yet women are still too often subjected to the whims and oppressive social judgments of powerful men and sexist cultural dynamics. Doing better not only means removing gratuitous barriers and hardships that stand in their way, but also opening doors and raising ladders of opportunity that will never again discriminate on the basis of gender, sexuality or any other aspect of a person's identity. I am proud to stand with Governor Cuomo in support of women's rights and equal opportunity for all."

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said, "Now more than ever we must remain vigilant in protecting the progress women have made in our society. We cannot turn back the clock. Governor Cuomo and all involved should be commended for their leadership in this critical effort."

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, "America does best when everyone gets a fair shot - women should have all the same opportunities as men and that means ending the gender pay gap, fighting sexual assault, and getting childcare costs under control. I'm glad the Governor is taking this seriously and shares my commitment to levelling the playing field for all Americans regardless of gender."

Congresswoman Grace Meng said, "Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York continues to lead the way in advancing equality for women. I am proud to support the governor's Women's Agenda, and in particular, I applaud his efforts to ensure access to menstrual hygiene products in public schools, an issue I have been proud to champion in Congress. I also applaud his initiatives on paid family leave, removing firearms from domestic abusers and combating sexual harassment in the workplace. I look forward to the Governor's proposals moving forward, and working with him to create more opportunities for women to succeed across our state."

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice said, "Governor Cuomo's Women's Agenda offers bold proposals and real, comprehensive solutions that will benefit women and girls at every stage and in every aspect of our lives. I'm proud that New York is continuing to lead the country in the fight for progress and equality."

Congressman Adriano Espaillat said, "The report on the Status of New York Women and Girls: 2018 Outlook keeps at the forefront the critical need to preserve access to reproductive health care, expose more young girls to STEM education, and end domestic violence. I commend Governor Cuomo and the New York State Council on Women and Girls for this bold, innovative initiative to further advance equality in the workplace, promote equal pay, and close the gender gap in industry and sectors throughout the state. The Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity agenda successfully puts forth efforts that will help us further the rights of women and ensure equity and equality in all aspects of life."

Congressman Thomas Suozzi said, "It is essential that all women are treated with the fairness, equality and dignity they deserve and I am proud to stand with my colleagues and all New Yorkers in supporting the Governor's Women's Agenda for New York."

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