I always think back to my mom, Mama Hilary, who was the single most important woman and role-model in my life. I will always recognize the trailblazers, the contributors and the leaders and continue to fight for them. We need more women leaders to serve at the highest levels and have decision-making power in government, business, the military, and other sectors. After the midterm election, women now hold almost 25% of seats in Congress - the closest we have come to gender parity in Government. Women also serve as CEOs of twenty-four Fortune 500 businesses, own 39% of privately held businesses in the United States, and make up 18% of the officer corps in the military. It is vitally important that we continue to break down barriers for women who want to achieve their fullest potential.
Although great strides have been made, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements serve as a reminder that there is still work to be done.
As Public Advocate, I will:
Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose and Expand Women’s Health Care:
Every New Yorker deserves the right to make their own choices about their health. I will advocate strongly for increased access to women’s health care, contraceptives, early screenings, and safe access to abortion.
Expand Paid Parental Leave:
The first months and years of a child’s life are fundamental, and parents should have the opportunity to both spend time and bond with their children. As Public Advocate, I will push City Council to expand parental leave, and ensure that employers are abiding by city and state regulations.
Increase Community Outreach and Education on Issues of Sexual Harassment and Assault:
No one should have to fear for their safety when they are at home, work or school. As Public Advocate, I will increase outreach and awareness surrounding sexual harassment. We must teach our boys to respect a woman’s boundaries at a young age, and I will work tirelessly to provide avenues to report crimes and harassment.