Susan B. Anthony Barbie Doll In The Works

“It’s a fun depiction as we think about these heroes, who have changed the world and continue to change; inspiring youngsters who can be a part of that.”

Without Child Care Bailout, Workforce Could Lose Women

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced she was stepping down from her position to look after her family. Working families across the country are figuring out how to provide care for their children with remote and hybrid schooling this year.

State Senator Urges New York Governor To Lift Travel Ban So SUNY Swimmers Can Compete

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.

Is This The Year PA Gives LGBTQ+ People Discrimination Protection?

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.

Binghamton Residents Rally Over Student Strip Searches

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.

New York Poised To Strengthen Abortion Rights

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.

Demonstrators hold signs in support of trans equality outside the White House on Monday. The Trump administration is reportedly considering defining "sex" in a way that would restrict civil rights protections to transgender Americans.

New York’s Trans People Say They #WontBeErased

“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.

Transgender New Yorkers Get New Protection Against Discrimination

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.

Crowds Gather In Seneca Falls For Women’s March And Rally

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.

Gillibrand Legislation Would Help Women And Minority Small Businesses Get Little Loans

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.”

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Second Women’s March Planned In Seneca Falls

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.”

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Harassment Complaint Filed In Federal Court Against University of Rochester

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.

Report Shows Trans People Aren't Treated Equally

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.