9 decades after the 19th Amendment, 'fight for full women's equality continues'

Brooklyn Currents | 8/25/2013 | 0 comments

This Monday, Aug. 26 is Women's Equality Day, coinciding with the the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote, 93 years ago.

"While  it's important we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment's final ratification, the fight for full women's equality continues," said Brooklyn Assemblyman Alan Maisel  (District 59 -- Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Canarsie). "Here in New York, a state with a strong progressive history, the Assembly Majority has long led the fight to pass legislation crucial to women. This past legislative session was no different." 


Article [XIX] The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. 


"One major highlight," Maisel, currently running for City Council, added, "was the Assembly passing – for the seventh time – a measure to fund the mapping of breast cancer incidences to advance our understanding of why there are such geographic variations in breast-cancer occurrence. The Senate finally joined us in passing the bill after refusing to take it up in previous years, and the governor signed it into law earlier this month."

Relted bills proposed by the Assembly that didn't yet pass the Senate or that weren't signed into law, include:
  • a 12-month work exemption for households receiving temporary assistance with a child or children under 1 year old
  • guidelines for the screening and treatment of maternal depression
  • broadening the current definition of rape "so that these heinous acts are properly recognized by the law for what they are -- rape," said Maisel
  •  allowing judges to refer 16- and 17-year-olds convicted of prostitution to counseling rather than sentence them to jail time, so that young girls would be encouraged to seek help and get their lives on track 
  • the governor's 10-point Women's Equality Act, including ensuring equal pay, fighting sexual harassment, adding protections against domestic abuse, stiffening penalties for human trafficking, and -- what likely promises to be controversial in the state Senate -- strengthening abortion rights

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