ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Governor's Women's Equality Act has been approved in the State Assembly with a vote of 97-47.
On Thursday, the New York Women's Equality Coalition and senate democratic leadership held a conference to discuss the measure.
Earlier this week a deal was reached to separate the 10-points of Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act into individual bills. The Assembly has passed all 10 bills.
The legislation outlined by Governor Cuomo take significant steps in ending discriminatory practices and obstacles facing women in New York, including secure pay inequity, sexual harassment in the workplace, pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, strengthen human trafficking laws, protect domestic violence victims and reaffirm a woman's freedom to choose.
Governor Cuomo said, "Today, the Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act, bringing us one step closer to addressing gender inequalities in our state and restoring New York as a national leader of women's rights. The Assembly had the courage to stand up on behalf of the women of New York, and now the Senate must do the same. Each and every part of the Women's Equality Act is vitally important to the future of women in our state and New Yorkers deserve to know where all their elected representatives stand on all of them."
The following Program Bills were delivered to the Legislature:
The State Senate will take up the issue Friday.
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