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Women's Equality Coalition launched in New York State

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The New York Women's Equality Coalition launched at the Capitol Monday to support Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Agenda. Our Karen Tararache explains how this group plans to wipe out any existing discrimination against women in New York State.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Many of you are thinking haven't we been talking about this for decades? Yes, we have," exclaimed Chair of the Business and Labor Coalition Cynthia D. DiBartolo.

The push for women's rights began as far back as the 19th century.

Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters Barbara Bartoletti said, "In Seneca Falls right here in New York, women again met to try and make the march for economic empowerment. As many of you know, women were considered property, women were not allowed to own property."

Then in 1978 the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by U.S. Congress and yet today, "Pregnant women, especially women in physically demanding jobs, denied modest accommodations, a stool, a temporary relief from heavy lifting," Dina Bakst said.

It's an issue Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for as laid out in his State of the State Address.

“We passed Marriage Equality, let’s make history again and pass women’s equality in the State of New York.”

The Women’s Equality Coalition has united speakers from 500 organizations to help pass Cuomo's proposed 10 point plan.

Barbara Bartoletti added the plan, "Will end pregnancy discrimination, it will end housing discrimination, it will stop sexual harassment in all workplaces."

The coalition also hopes to achieve equal pay and pass the Reproductive Health Act, ultimately allowing women the choice of who and when an abortion should take place.

Christine Sadowski, Executive Director, YWCA Orange County, stated, "There are opponents and proponents for everything and our power lies in the 500 plus and hopefully the 500 more that we're gonna work together with to make sure that we can fight all ten of these aspects of inequality for women."

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