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New York State boasts a rich history and proud legacy of courageous women who have blazed trails and shattered ceilings in the fight for equal rights. As a society, we have made incredible strides in the fight for equality, unfortunately, the gender bias of Donald Trump and Congressional leaders is creating new barriers and challenges for women and threatening to roll back many of the most essential protections and rights of women in our country.

Throughout his time in public service, Joe has never stopped fighting to protect and advance the rights of all women. As a co-sponsor of the Women’s Equality Act (A8070) Joe helped pass and enact the nation’s most comprehensive women’s rights legislation. Joe is currently a co-sponsor of both the Reproductive Health Act (A1748) and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (A9957). He helped pass the Equal Rights Amendment (A7990), which would amend the New York State Constitution to prohibit denying equal rights on the basis of gender.

In addition, Joe helped enact the nation’s strongest paid family leave program (2016-17 NYS Budget) and supported legislation that expanded workforce assistance and training programs for women, so they qualify for higher paying jobs, including those jobs that have traditionally gone to men (A9020).

In Washington, Joe will continue to fight for the rights of all women and he will reject Donald Trump’s anti-woman, anti-equal rights agenda that is threatening many of the most basic and fundamental rights of women. He will fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and stand up against those who seek to cut off access to critical health care programs. He will work to strengthen protections and support programs for victims of domestic abuse and sexual harassment, hold abusers accountable, and advance policies that ensure a safer and more fair work environment for women.

If elected, Joe is committed to taking the following actions:

  • Protecting a woman’s right to make their own health care decisions and opposing any actions that would infringe on a woman’s right to choose;

  • Supporting the EACH Woman Act, which would ensure that all women are able to access insurance coverage for abortion, including women who are covered by Medicaid;

  • Repealing the Hyde Amendment, which limits access to reproductive health care to low-income women;

  • Defending against efforts to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood;

  • Supporting the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act;

  • Support the FAMILY Act which would provide 12 weeks of paid leave in the event of a birth, adoption, and family or medical matter;

  • Renew the Violence Against Women Act which provides support and protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking;

  • Support the Empower Act, which strengthens workplace harassment protections for women;

  • Supporting the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee that Constitutional rights apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex. Currently, the right to vote is the only right guaranteed to women in the Constitution.