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We are a non-profit state federation. Our membership includes women and men of every age, race, religion, political party and socio-economic background. We are a leading advocate on work-life balance and workplace equity issues.

In this section, you will read recent news releases and advocacy concerns as well as view our opinion editorials and letters to the editor. Members of the press who are writing about issues of concern to working women are encouraged to contact our Communications Committee at [email protected].

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March 5, 2014 - The New York Women’s Equality Coalition applauds the Assembly’s passage of new legislation to improve access to child care subsidies and establish paid family leave in New York State.  Led by Assembly Speaker Silver and the Assembly’s Workgroup on Child Care, the Assembly passed the legislation this afternoon. These bills complement the Women’s Equality Act and work in tandem to address the obstacles and challenges faced by New York families.

The New York State Assembly passed the Women’s Equality Act (A.8070) on January 27, 2014. This was the second year that the Assembly passed this groundbreaking legislation that would help provide the women of New York State with protection from discrimination and injustice. Last year, the Assembly passed the Women’s Equality Act, only to have the State Senate fail to pass the same legislation.

Chapters - do you have a member or potential member who meets the criteria to participate in this program? New York State Women, Inc. New Careerist Competition recognizes the accomplishments of women between the ages of 21 and 32 who have been employed full time for a minimum of one year and maximum of three years in their career area and provides them with professional development skills and opportunities.

The National Women's History Project has designated this year's Women's History Month theme as Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. What women do you know whose character, courage and commitment you admire and seek to emulate?

January 27, 2014 - The New York Women's Equality coalition is pleased that our legislature has taken the first step in making the Women's Equality Agenda a reality in New York this year, and we applaud the Assembly Democrats, Speaker Silver, and all those members who voted yes today, for putting women's equality at the top of their 2014 agenda.

Happy 25th Anniversary to the NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc., which was established in March 1989 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to provide a permanent funding source to support fellowships, research and training for New York State women. Through 2013, over $138,000 has been awarded in fellowships to NYS women who are candidates for Master's or doctoral degrees at colleges and universities throughout New York State. Again this year, four fellowships of $1500 each will be awarded in April 2014. Applications are available now and must be postmarked by February 28, 2014. For more information and to download application forms, go to www.gracelegendre.org.

In November, Southern Finger Lakes Women gave Woman of the Year honors to Nancy Brand of Burdett, NY. Nancy Brand serves on the Advisory Board for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Schuyler County Food Bank Coalition, Labor of Love. Shown left to right in the photo are Nancy Brand, 2013 winner, and Mary Ellen Morgan, Status of Women Committee Chair, and Jan Brew, Status of Women Committee Member.

Where was NYSW when I needed it?   It was there – at least, BPW was - I just didn’t know it. 

As part of the new Women’s Equality Coalition Upgrade New York campaign, this week we are focusing on one of the Women’s Equality Agenda provisions, Equal Pay, and the release of our new look and fabulous video.

This month’s membership question is:  Do guests want to join?  Do you create a welcoming environment? And the tip (or tips – lots of them) come from the workshop at the board meeting in Waterloo.