The time is now to lift up your voices together and call your state Senator and tell them that you support the New York Women’s Equality Act. Along with others across the state, tell the state Senate that you demand strengthened policies to support women as equal members of society as consistent with our American and Jewish values.
Dial 1-888-897-0174 or text “WEA” or “womensequality” to 877-877 to hear key points and automatically connect to your state Senator.
Today, women in New York face challenges that can prevent them from being contributing fully to society. Women are victims of wage discrimination in the workplace, face restricted access to reproductive health care services, endure family status and pregnancy discrimination and are more likely to be victims of human trafficking.
Call your state Senator and urge them to support the Women’s Equality Act that includes provisions to:
Protect reproductive health care services to ensure that every woman is able to decide what is best for her and her family, including using contraception, having a child or ending a pregnancy when her health or life is in danger. Currently, New York law only permits a woman to seek an abortion in the third trimester if her life is deemed in danger, which remains inconsistent with federal law as interpreted by the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. This provision seeks to align state law and medical practices with existing federal statute and standards.
Achieve of pay equality for women in New York who earn on average 84% of what men earn statewide. The median full salary for women in New York is $41,570, while the median full time for men is $50,228 a year. The provision will strengthen existing laws prohibiting wage discrimination and will bar employers from terminating or retaliating against employees who share information about their wages. The prohibition of sharing wage information is how pay disparities are perpetuated.
Encourage your Senator to support this bill to hold up women as equal contributors in all aspects of life across New York State.
Our tradition teaches that all life is sacred and that although an unborn fetus is precious and to be protected, Judaism views the life and well-being of the mother as paramount, placing a higher value on existing life than on potential life. We are also instructed to recognize the importance of paying fair wages, as commanded in Leviticus to “not defraud your neighbor, nor rob him; the wages of he who is hired shall not remain with you all night until the morning.”
Now is the time to turn our tradition into action. Call you Senator at 888-897-0174 or text “WEA” or “womensequality” to 877-877 to receive talking points via text message.
For further background on the Women’s Equality Agenda and a sample phone call script, you can visit our issue page.