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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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Diane Walker, Vice President of Central New York Professional and Working Women Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. presented one of its scholarships on Tuesday, October 15th to Stacy Lawson. Stacy is a student at Bryant Stratton College.

On Election Day, November 5, 2013, there will be six Ballot Proposals on the Statewide Ballots, to amend the New York State Constitution. These Proposals have passed the NYS Legislature and now need the approval of the voters.

The Richmond County chapter awarded scholarships to women returning to school to further their career or pursue a new one. Pictured are chapter President Gale Cohen, winners Dana Rachlin and Nanine Iengo Blomstrom and Scholarship Chair Roberta Hayes.

Thanks to all the New York State Women, Inc. members who came to the Women’s Day at the New York State Fair. It was a great day, and we were able to connect and network with a lot of women from around the State. Our group was one of 14 groups that participated in the mini-fair that highlighted women’s issues. At our table, we handed out literature on our group and Pay Day candy bars to highlight the issue of pay equity. We also raffled off a drawing for a free State membership, which was awarded to Maria Wiklund from Syracuse. Our hard work was highlighted on the local news in Syracuse. If you are interested, you can see the story at http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/689717/women-s-issues-center-stage-at-the-fair .

This year’s NYSW Membership Award will go to the chapter who sponsors Community Outreach events or projects involving the young women in their community. The award is intended to create opportunities for New York State Women, Inc. members to increase their impact on their community.


The criteria for the 3 speech competition programs - Career Recognition, New Careerist, Personal & Professional Development - has been updated to support the 3 legs of our mission statement:  to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically.


Pursuant to new legislation, all homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue to receive the exemption beyond 2013.  The registration period is open now, and it runs through December 31, 2013.  I highly recommend you go to this link right now, and register for your exemption.

One of our most important civic rights is the right to vote.  On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, primary elections will be held across the State for a variety of offices.  In many places, there will be elections for mayors, council members, sheriffs, etc.  No matter how small the race seems, your vote is important.  Voter turnout in primary elections is notoriously small.  This means that races can be decided by a handful of votes.  Makes sure the candidate you support wins by getting out and voting.

Has your Chapter made your plans to observe our annual event yet?    Many Chapters may already  have a full schedule already developed for 2013-14, but even if you have a fully developed program, there is still time to incorporate some of the suggested programming into your October Chapter meetings.  Posted on the website you will find information and ideas for holding an event,  as well as a camera ready ad Chapters can use to publicize New York State Women in Business Month this October.