Gender Equity & Pay Parity
The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to expose the inequalities that exist in our city. As a member of the Women’s Caucus of the New York City Council, I have fought my entire career for the rights of women and on the issues that matter. Unfortunately women continue to be paid far less than their male counterparts and we face health disparities that should be issues of the past. As Borough President I will work to correct these failures and bring true equity to our borough and city.
Maternal Health Care
In early 2020, we saw two tragic deaths of young mothers after giving birth. Unfortunately, these deaths remain all too common, especially among women of color. We must work to dismantle medical oppression and undo the many years of system inequality in our healthcare system. I have introduced legislation in the city council to increase outreach and provide better resources for expectant mothers, and I will utilize the resources of the Borough President’s office to continue that approach. We must also expand the use of doulas and midwives who can provide care throughout the birthing process and help to ensure the health and well being of women giving birth. These resources can help mothers make informed decisions for themselves and their families. There is no reason that anyone should face complications due to childbirth today, and we must ensure that our hospitals are providing the care they are expected to for every patient.
For years the city has underpaid women, in particular women of color. I was a proud supporter of legislation that required the city to publish statistics on salaries of city workers and the disparities in pay that exist. I will work to make sure the city is held accountable for any disparity that exists and ensure that it is corrected.
As we continue to fight the pandemic, our frontline workers in the EMS field have not only faced the challenges in the field, but for years have faced salaries that require working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. I will fight for equal pay for our EMS workers who have been keeping us safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and for years, are paid what they deserve. The majority of these workers are women and people of color, and they should be paid appropriately for the hard work they do each and every day to keep our city healthy.