New York City Council Women's Caucus

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The Women's Caucus is a caucus of female-identified members of the New York City Council.[1] According to the Caucus, it seeks "to advance women's rights and promotes the goal of equality in New York CIty through influences in public policy through education, legislation, and advocacy."[2] The Caucus submits an annual list of funding priority recommendations to the New York City Council Speaker's office so that the budget will address the needs of organizations serving the Caucus' constituencies.[2]

Current members[2][edit]

Name Residence Party Years in Council Leadership Position
Helen Rosenthal Manhattan Democratic 2014–present Co-Chair
Laurie A. Cumbo Brooklyn Democratic 2014–present Co-Chair
Margaret Chin Manhattan Democratic 2010–present
Rosie Mendez Manhattan Democratic 2006–present
Melissa Mark-Viverito Manhattan & Bronx Democratic 2006–present
Vanessa L. Gibson Bronx Democratic 2014–present
Annabel Palma Bronx Democratic 2004–present
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland Queens Democratic 2009–present
Karen Koslowitz Queens Democratic 2010–present
Elizabeth S. Crowley Queens Democratic 2009–present
Darlene Mealy Brooklyn Democratic 2006–present
Inez Barron Brooklyn Democratic 2014–present
Deborah Rose Staten Island Democratic 2010–present

Activity[edit]

In May 2013, the Caucus introduced a resolution at a New York City Council meeting calling for a Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill, which was part of a larger nationwide initiative organized by a nonprofit called "Women on 20s".[3]

In November 2016, the Caucus presented a legislative package of 11 bills and resolutions to the New York City Council addressing equal rights and opportunities for women. Issues addressed in the package included the needs of unpaid caregivers, access to feminine hygiene products, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the gender pay gap, as well as others.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Caucus". New York City Council. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  2. ^ a b c "Women's Caucus". New York City Council. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  3. ^ Zarum, Lara (2015-05-13). "New York City Council Women's Caucus Wants a Woman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill". Village Voice. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  4. ^ Nissinen, Devin Gannon & Milka. "City Council Women's Caucus Rallies for Equity Legislation". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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