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New York’s Promise to Women: Ever Upward

Since the inception of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls in 1848, 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, including the Women’s Equality Agenda, a series of new laws aimed at achieving pay equity, strengthening human trafficking laws, protecting domestic violence victims and ending pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

The start of 2018 also heralded the nation’s strongest paid family leave policy, an increased minimum wage, and regulations to protect access to contraception no what happens on the federal level.

New York will never stop advancing equality for women and protecting their rights against federal attempts to stall progress and undermine us.

2019 Priorities

Women's Justice Agenda 2019

Governor Cuomo introduced the Women's Justice Agenda in January 2019, advancing proposals to improve reproductive, social and economic justice for New York women, and achieving impressive results.


The Council on Women and Girls

Making New York a model of equality and opportunity for the nation to follow.

Making New York a Model of Equality for Women

2019 Women's Justice Agenda

This bold, comprehensive set of proposals advances the success of the Governor's 2018 accomplishments to improve reproductive, economic and social justice for all New York women.

Women's Equality Agenda

New laws help achieve pay equity, strengthen human trafficking laws and protections for domestic violence victims, and end pregnancy discrimination.

Securing Access to Reproductive Health Services in New York

Contraceptive Drugs and Devices

Provide coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices and cover at least one form of contraception without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Coverage for Contraceptives

Provide coverage for the dispensing of contraceptives in amounts exceeding one month’s supply at a time.

Abortion Services

Provide coverage for abortion services that are medically necessary without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Making New York a Model of Equality for Women

Eliminating the Wage Gap and Furthering NY’s Efforts to Protect Women’s Rights

Governor Cuomo signs two executive orders to put New York on the fast track to eliminate the wage gap. The executive orders will strengthen equal pay protections in New York and will require state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees.

The best protection is early detection

Get Screened, No Excuses

New York State has taken the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening by helping more women gain access to the health care and services they need and deserve.

New York Stands Tall with All Women

MWBE Utilization Rate Increases

The utilization rate for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises on State contracts increased to 29.13% for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year - the highest in the nation.

The "Women's Building"

New York's first-ever "Women's Building" is being developed to unite more than a dozen women-focused organizations, empowering generations to come. 

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