As the face of the state’s COVID-19 response, Health Secretary Rachel Levine has been the subject of numerous personal attacks.
As the face of the state’s COVID-19 response, Health Secretary Rachel Levine has been the subject of numerous personal attacks.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addressed a public confrontation she had with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., earlier this week. She said her family “did not raise me to accept abuse from men.”
“We’ve come a long way but we still don’t have an Equal Rights Amendment, we still have incredible disparity in pay, and even the burden of the weight of families falls disproportionately on women.”
The faces of 14 women, including well known suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and lesser known figures such as Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and Ida B. Wells, will be projected in pairs.
“We’re really looking at some of the unchartered territory at the state level, which involves transgender New Yorkers who have only just received statewide protections.”
“This ruling may well shape the way that the federal courts interpret other federal statutes that outlaw discrimination based on sex.”
“When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren’t being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?”
On February 15, the nation, but especially Rochester, where Susan B. Anthony made her home, celebrated the 200th anniversary of Anthony’s birth.
“I felt like my body rejected me and now my home state has rejected me.”
Over the past three sessions, at least a dozen Democratic-sponsored resolutions related to honoring LGBTQ+ people have failed to pass the state House and Senate.
“We also want to really look at this holistically and inclusively, and look for other people that may not have always been traditionally incorporated in this movement.”
Despite a growing number of men who are not working, and a growing number of direct support jobs that need filling, few men are joining the ranks.
For years, dark rumors swirled around the movie producer. So how did those whispered allegations result in a full-fledged criminal trial? Here’s an abridged history.
“We can offer this for trans folks, for queer folks, fat folks, black folks, all people of color. People who are deaf, people who are disabled.”
Veterans in New York State who received less-than-honorable discharges that can be linked to their sexual orientation may have state veteran benefits restored, under legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“It is gifted with a history that others can only dream of; what happened here, an epicenter of social movements that literally propelled our nation into a far better place.”
Calling the issue a matter of public health, the group is proposing four bills that would require public restrooms to provide free pads and tampons to anyone who needs them.
“In putting together quid pro quo and hostile work environment, 31 percent of women and 18.9 percent of men experience it, and that translates into 3.9 million people.”
Larry Wittig resigned from the board in 2017 after the Philadelphia Inquirer first published the allegations, but he remains school board president of the Tamaqua Area School District in Schuylkill County.
A handwritten letter to a PA manufacturer sent by a 6-year-old girl from Arkansas wondering where the female toy solders are prompted soul-searching and eventually a new contingent of Plastic Army Women.
The Hall says that Furstenberg debuted her iconic wrap dress in 1974, which grew into a global brand, and in 2015 was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people.
“It’s shifting the burden of proof from the employee to the employer, and also making sure that the burden is not on the person who is coming forward.”
Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and their teammates are bathing in fans’ cheers in Manhattan, celebrating their World Cup title.
New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.
“There’s just been no response. So, I would like conversation. Whether you agree with it or don’t agree with it from their end. Conversation.”
“There’s no question that Tubman being on the $20 bill is a huge boost not only to the park in Auburn, New York, but also to central New York.”
“We see this as fundamentally something that will exploit women’s bodies for the benefit, largely, of men.”
The effort comes on the heels of the Senate’s call for Montgomery County Democrat Daylin Leach to resign, in the wake of a provisional report about his treatment of staff.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill admitted police actions were “wrong” during the Stonewall riot, a landmark in the LGBTQ rights movement.
Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in women’s international soccer, featuring in four World Cups, including one she won in 2015, and two Olympic Games among her 255 international appearances for the US women’s national team from 2001 to 2015.
The New York senator and 2020 presidential candidate tells NPR’s Rachel Martin that President Trump and some Republican legislators are taking the country in a direction it does not want to go.
The newspaper’s cover paired an image from the 2001 terrorist attacks with a partial quote by Omar. Fellow lawmakers and activists expressed outrage at the paper’s editorial decision.
The community center in Seneca Falls was buzzing as Vietnam veterans, residents of the town and everyone in between gathered to discuss the induction of Jane Fonda into the hall of fame. WXXI’s Caitlin Whyte has more.
“I got a number of calls from people in the community, a number of people stopped me when I was out, talked with me about the National Women’s Hall of Fame inducting Jane Fonda.”
According to the National Park Service, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park has a backlog of $5.3 million in maintenance and repairs as of fiscal year 2018.
In a two minute invocation, a Christian lawmaker mentioned Jesus 13 times and praised the President for his unequivocal support of Israel.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced the 2019 inductees Friday night at a ceremony in New York City.
More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There’s just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.
A ban by New York on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina due to a policy on bathroom use is causing some controversy and some changes for SUNY student athletes.
A much talked about new state law went into effect Monday. GENDA (Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act), adds gender identity and expression as a protected class in New York State’s human rights and hate crimes laws.
Like most states, Pennsylvania has a statute that grants certain groups of people extra legal protection against discrimination. It’s called the Human Relations Act, and it prohibits employment and housing discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability,” or use of guide and support animals. One group it misses? LGBTQ+ people.
One of the first things Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins did when she took over the chamber in January was to announce hearings on the state’s anti sexual harassment policies.
Advocates and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are rallying to launch a renewed fight for the equal rights amendment in Congress.
About 200 residents rallied Tuesday outside East Middle School in a call-out to Binghamton’s School District. The rally was a response to claims by four African-American girls that staff members strip searched them a couple of weeks ago for giddiness and possibly possessing drugs.
One in 5 LGBT adults has avoided medical care for fear of discrimination, according to a recent survey, and 80 percent of physicians surveyed say they feel “not competent” to treat LGBT patients.
In Binghamton, there’s outrage over an incident between staff members at East Middle School and four black students. The girls say they were strip searched. The district claims it wasn’t a strip search; it was a medical evaluation.
The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York law. And Governor Andrew Cuomo has already signed it.
The New York State legislature is poised to approve a bill to codify the abortion rights in the US Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade into state law. For supporters, including the majority of Senators and Assembly members, it’s been a long time coming. But for opponents , it’s a bitter disappointment.
The New York State Legislature has announced it will hold hearings on Feb. 13 about sexual harassment in state government. The announcement was hailed by a group of women who have experienced or reported being victims of sexual harassment by state lawmakers.
A group of abortion providers is suing Pennsylvania in an attempt to get the procedure covered by state Medicaid dollars.
The policy makes good on Trump’s promise to peel back the requirement that employers offer contraception coverage at no cost. The rule is on hold in D.C. and the 13 states that challenged it.
The Democratic led New York State legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned for Monday to implement early voting in the state, and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Also this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal.
Bernice Sandler died Saturday at the age of 90. She once told NPR she beams with pride at seeing female athletes walk “with their heads up and feeling like, ‘Yeah, I can handle this world.’ “
The New York State legislative session began with ceremonies and excitement as Democrats claimed their solid majority in the State Senate, and made history with the election of new female leader.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday to promote plans to codify abortion rights in state law in the new legislative session.
About half of all teens say they’ve tried to cut back on their phone use. But one of the girls we spoke with says that’s hard when “it’s obviously designed to be addictive.”
When Harvey Weinstein was arrested, it was a landmark moment for the movement known as #MeToo. But the criminal case against the former movie mogul has not been the slam dunk many people expected.
When nearly two dozen gay men were arrested, put on trial, and eventually acquitted of sodomy in 1968, it demonstrated to the larger gay community that they could organize against police harassment.
“We set out to correct a glaring inequity in our public spaces,” said Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City. A number of cities are taking steps to honor women with statues and public art.
Obama told a New York audience that the notion of “having it all” is “a lie.” Many were delighted by the former first lady’s spontaneous candor.
Three women have accused the astrophysicist of inappropriate behavior. One says she quit her job on his TV show “Cosmos” because of it.
Fearless Girl appeared across from the Charging Bull on the eve of International Women’s Day in 2017. It has now been removed and will be placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman, and the first African-American woman, to head the chamber in January.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Officials in Auburn opened the $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center, a place for visitors to learn about the important social movements throughout New York State history. It is meant to drive tourism and educate the public on the historic significance of the region.
Multiple women say the former N.Y. attorney general physically attacked them. A prosecutor says she believes the women but “legal impediments” preclude any charges. She’s proposed a legislative fix.
Participants in the protest included religious, community and public leaders. They say Catholic Charities announced its decision to cease its foster care and adoption services after a same-sex couple inquired about adopting a child.
“The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with,” The New York Times reported. Reaction was swift.
People who were born in the city and don’t identify as male or female can change the gender on their birth certificate to a third category of X, without acquiring approval from a physician.
In response to the transformation of views on sexual harassment, New York state and New York City passed laws requiring training of all workers. Now, business owners are scrambling to comply.
For years, Wigstock was a staple of New York City’s drag scene. And after a 17-year hiatus and a boom in drag’s popularity, the outdoor festival returned.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding, services and other legislative impacts for domestic and sexual violence survivors, is set to expire at the end of the month. Local advocates are calling on Congress to extend the law.
The complaint, filed Tuesday, says 10 businesses prevented women from receiving employment opportunities on the website. It also accused Facebook of excluding women in its own company.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Aug. 7 is observed as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It is the date in 2018 when a black woman catches upto what the average white, non-Hispanic man already earned by the end of 2017.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A first of its kind “pilgrimage” brought both Republican and Democratic leaders to Western New York this weekend to explore two significant freedom movements in the state, the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage.
The disgraced movie mogul is already facing first-degree rape and other charges in New York. Now, Weinstein is facing new accusations that he assaulted a woman in 2006.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA — Following national trends, Pennsylvania’s population is getting older and slowly becoming more diverse according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new protections for transgender New Yorkers on Sunday, saying the state health department will add gender identity to a non-discrimination list that already includes race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age and source of payment.
America’s top orchestras are presenting little if any music written by women next season. Why is that?
(Harrisburg) — Democratic lawmakers are advocating a number of changes to Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination laws. The moves come in the wake of an allegedly racially-motivated incident at a York County Golf Course in late April.
The Philippines is the last country in the world that does not allow divorce.
The former movie producer made his first court appearance Tuesday since his arrest late last month.
The new series Pose looks at how New York drag queens created their own percolating club scene when they weren’t welcome anywhere else.
Rosanna Arquette, one of the first actresses to come forward regarding a sexually abusive encounter with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, says the charges he faces in New York aren’t the result of a “witch hunt.”
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – The Pennsylvania Legislature is poised to soon make history as it welcomes its first openly gay lawmaker of color.
There was exactly one sink in my first New York apartment. It was fine for a person living alone, but when my roommates returned, well, the dishes piled up fast.
Stacey Cunningham, who started her career at the exchange as a summer intern on the ground floor, has been appointed to lead the Big Board starting Friday.
A lawyer for the 20-year-old woman, Faith A. Rodgers, says that she is the same person who filed a criminal complaint against the R&B singer in Dallas.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is continuing to call on state lawmakers to allow it to audit natural gas companies’ efforts to hire businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans.
The congressman had already said he wasn’t going to run for re-election. Now, he will repay a $39,000 taxpayer-funded settlement. Meehan’s resignation will trigger a special election.
Myneca Ojo, one of the golfers kicked off the course, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the experience.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — As part of their announced effort to curb sexual harassment and abuse in the legislature, and in Pennsylvania workplaces generally, a House committee has held a public hearing on the subject.
J. Marion Sims perfected a new surgical procedure by repeatedly operating, without anesthesia, on enslaved women in the 1840s. New York City is moving his Central Park statue to a cemetery.
Democratic and Republican women have come together to ask that their chamber take up legislation overhauling how harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill.
In many states, menstrual products are subject to a sales tax whereas items like ChapStick are not. It’s just one example of women paying a premium, known as the “pink tax,” for various products.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The New York State Senate has approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It also no longer allows state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Construction is underway on a $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn. The goal of the facility is to highlight New York’s history of promoting social and equal rights.
On Point radio host Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed from WBUR. Ashbrook, who has hosted the nationally syndicated show for 16 years, was placed on leave in December 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of sexual misconduct and bullying that spanned the past 10 years.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – The SUNY Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to revoke an honorary degree awarded to journalist Charlie Rose in 2014 by SUNY Oswego.
When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly severed ties with Garrison Keillor in November, the sole explanation offered by the company was “inappropriate behavior” with a female colleague.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women’s rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.
ALBANY (WSKG) – A poll on New Yorkers’ attitudes on racism and sexual harassment show that many believe society has a way to go to improve things. The Siena College survey finds that 36 percent of women report being the victims of workplace sexual harassment. Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said that when it comes to the issue, there is no upstate-downstate divide or difference in political parties, and three-quarters of New Yorkers think it’s a significant problem. “Those are just staggering numbers,” Greenberg said. The Siena poll finds that nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers think race relations are just fair or poor, a number that’s up from polls conducted earlier in the decade.
ALBANY (WSKG) – The leader of the Independent Democrats in the state Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer, and says he intends to remain as leader of the breakaway democratic faction. Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and his colleague, Sen. Diane Savino, issued a preemptive strike Wednesday against an article in the Huffington Post, where the former female staffer, 30-year-old Erica Vladimer, says Klein forcibly kissed her on the sidewalk outside an Albany bar on March 31, 2015, the night the state budget was approved. Klein said the incident did not occur. “I want to be crystal clear,” Klein told reporters on hastily arranged conference call. “This alleged incident never happened, nor did anything inappropriate happen that evening in any fashion.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed. The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made. “The lending organizations aren’t making enough loans. And they’re not reaching enough entrepreneurs to actually reflect the population of incredibly diverse communities like the ones here in Rochester. And they’re not reaching enough women entrepreneurs.”
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Last January, a day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to Seneca Falls for a women’s march and rally. Organizers are planning a similar event on January 20, 2018. Rev. Leah Ntuala, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, says the call to action has not diminished since last year. “(This) year, I think everybody was worried about what possible changes the administration could make that would roll back rights women had made ground in getting and maintaining, and (now) we’ve realized some of those fears.” The 2018 march and rally is called “per-Sisters for Women’s Equality.”
Nine professors and students who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the University of Rochester three months ago, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark. (the court papers are at the end of this story)
The 192-page complaint echoes many of the allegations contained in the EEOC complaint, many of which centered around Professor Florian Jaeger, in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Jaeger has denied the charges, and was placed on administrative leave. The lawsuit alleges inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment, and retaliation for bringing the allegations to light. Earlier this week, TIME Magazine included two of the plaintiffs, Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon in their ‘Person of the Year’ issue.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A recent report shows transgender people in Pennsylvania–and across the country–face significantly higher-than-average rates of unemployment and poverty. The numbers are part of a country-wide study by the National Center for Transgender Equality. The figures show that in the year 2015, 11 percent of the commonwealth’s transgender population was unemployed, as opposed to just five percent of the general, national population. A whopping 31 percent were impoverished, which contrasts with the national 14 percent poverty rate. Sandy James, a spokesman for the center, said Pennsylvania is part of a much bigger trend.