In recent history America has advanced in providing women with better opportunities. Today women account for 50 per cent of our work force and nearly 60 per cent of America’s college graduates. Despite these accomplishments, gender-based discrimination continues to exist in the workplace. For example, only 2.6 percent of women holding CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies, while women generally earn 23 percent less than their male counterparts and pay higher health-care insurance rates—in some States paying more than 31 percent in premiums—for the same insurance policy offered to men of similar demographics.
Adriano Espaillat understands the importance of addressing gender-based discrimination and, as a Congressional candidate for the 13th Congressional district in New York, aims to introduce legislation to promote gender equality in the workplace and society. Adriano understands that women must play a more active role in local politics and foreign affairs and will support legislation that further empowers women to become leaders in these areas.
To achieve these goals Adriano Espaillat will:
- Introduce legislation that promotes equal pay. According to the National Women’s Law Center, African American women earn 62 cents and Latina women earn 54 cents to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic males. This wage gap further exacerbates the economic situation of women living in poverty further promoting the poverty cycle. Adriano will introduce legislation that builds on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, demanding that employers provide better professional opportunities that promote the advancement of women in the workplace.
- Propose legislation that prevents insurance companies from charging women higher insurance premiums compared to males.
- Propose a national female mentoring program that fosters leadership of women in the political and professional realms. One of the challenges that many young women encounter throughout their professional career is the lack of role models in leadership positions. A mentoring program will serve as a platform to raise visibility of women in the workplace while connecting younger women with potential long-term career mentors.
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