Women make up over 50 percent of New York City’s population, but even in one of the most progressive cities in the world we still face considerable inequities. Women are still significantly underrepresented in city government: only 13 of our 51 Council Members are women, five of whom are leaving office this year. From her time as President of her undergraduate chapter of NOW to her role as Director of Women Entrepreneurs NYC, Marti has been a lifelong women’s advocate.
Marti's PLAN TO EMPOWER WOMEN
Supporting Women at Work
Empower women to negotiate fair salaries and ensure gender parity by making salary information at businesses with 50 or more employees publicly available.
Close the gender gap in small business ownership. We must continue to focus on empowering women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, reform detrimental policies like the Commercial Rent Tax and hold the mayor accountable to the goal of of awarding $16 billion in M/WBE contracts by July 2025.
Increase access to affordable childcare and providing additional support to working families. New York State’s new paid family leave program was an important step in supporting parents, but there is more we can do at the local level to ensure that New Yorkers are able to provide for their families.
Incentivize businesses to provide additional anti-harassment trainings. As part of my small business platform, I have proposed the establishment of a public-private partnership that provides 1,000 small businesses with free advisory committees comprised of volunteers who are experts in key fields. Human Resources and anti-harassment and discrimination trainings would be a part of this initiative.
Reproductive Rights and Heathcare
Defend access to women’s health services citywide given threats to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and the senseless plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Increase awareness about how emergency contraception can be acquired through city-backed ad campaigns and expanding initiatives like the Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health Care (CATCH) program, which enables nurses in school-based health centers to dispense contraception to high school students.
Create a sexual education task force to improve the current health education curriculum in our schools that would bring together experts in education, social work and health. Health education in our public schools should be age-appropriate and needs to cover nutrition, consent, healthy relationships, gender identity and contraception, beginning as early as kindergarten.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
Protect and support victims of domestic violence as they seek safe housing by eliminating the “zero-tolerance loophole.” Landlords often justify evictions based on a “zero-tolerance” policy that mandates eviction of everyone living in a unit where criminal activity has taken place. This unfairly targets victims of domestic violence. As Councilwoman, I will work to end this discriminatory practice and ensure that vulnerable women have a home.
Expand support for Family Justice Centers, walk-in centers that provide free and confidential assistance to victims of sex trafficking and other crimes.
Pass 1610-2017 to train hairdressers to recognize signs of abuse in their clients.
Cracking the Glass Ceiling
Create more opportunities for girls to become familiar with STEM career paths and programs, as early as elementary school and continuing through high school.
Build partnerships between city and private organizations that promote female candidates for city-wide offices, including a program for school-aged girls to learn about city government and running for office.