Cisgender and transgender women are vital contributors to New York City’s economy: whether as business owners, City workers, caretakers, or carpenters, women keep the City running. Simply put, New York City cannot succeed without the contributions of women. And when women are held back by discrimination and other unfair practices, we all lose.
Consequently, the Commission on Gender Equity works to protect the rights of women in the workplace, to foster economic opportunity for women, and to promote equitable practices by private and public employers. The Commission on Gender Equity affirms the right of all women to be paid fairly for their work, to take time off when they are sick or caring for their children, and to be free of discrimination based on gender identity, pregnancy, or caretaker status.
We work to tear down barriers to entrepreneurship for women and minorities. We support critical legal protections for domestic workers, who are often overworked and underpaid. We help domestic violence survivors take back control of their lives. And we advocate for fair sick and parental leave policies that allow women to take care of themselves and their kids when they need to – without losing their jobs.
Read more about the City’s strides toward economic mobility and opportunity.