New York State Council on Women and Girls

TOP New York State Council on Women and Girls
The Council

The New York State Council on Women and Girls membership is comprised of the heads of each State agency, ensuring that Commissioners incorporate the rights of women and girls into each program created and policy enacted. The Council is housed in the Executive Chamber of the Office of the Governor, emphasizing the centrality of its work to the overall goals of the Cuomo administration.

A Steering Committee representing women from academia, business, media, and non-profit/advocacy work will advise the Council and serve to elevate issues and concerns. The Steering Committee will meet with and advise agency heads, bringing together private sector experience with government action.

Members on the Council include:

Areas of Impact
Areas of Impact

Education: Increasing educational opportunities and outcomes for women and girls in New York.

Economic Opportunity: Working to help bring New York women and girls out of poverty and provide opportunities for success.

Workforce Equity: Advancing women’s equality in the workplace through equitable policies and increasing women’s entrepreneurship.

Leadership: Increasing women’s representation in top leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Health Care: Ensuring equitable, affordable health care and securing reproductive justice.

Child Care: Ensuring access to safe affordable care

Safety: Fighting and preventing violence against women and girls in all forms that it takes.

STEM: Leading the way for women and girls to study and enter the STEM fields.

Intersectionality: Advancing a women and girls agenda that takes into account the intersectional experiences of women—including race, color, religion, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


New Sub-Committee Formed for the Advancement of Women in Leadership in Financial Services Industry October 16, 2019

Governor Cuomo Unveils the 2019 Women's Justice Agenda February 19, 2019

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Protecting Women's Reproductive Rights January 22, 2019

On Latina Equal Pay Day, Council on Women and Girls Hosts Panel on Pay Gap Afflicting Latina Women November 1, 2018

Finalized Materials and Guidance Released on New York's Sexual Harassment Prevention Laws October 1, 2018

Council on Women and Girls Hosts Forum with Women Leaders in Buffalo on Pay Gap Afflicting Black Women September 28, 2018

Building on Efforts to Target Maternal Mortality and Reduce Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes September 26, 2018

New Actions to Ensure Diverse, Inclusive, and Safe Workplaces August 23, 2018

Actions to Advance Equality in New York August 15, 2018

On Black Women's Equal Pay Day, Council on Women and Girls and Essence Magazine Co-Host Forum August 7, 2018

New Multi-Agency Efforts to Combat Maternal Depression May 17, 2018

"If You Can See It You Can Be It" - A Day for Girls to Experience a Broad Range of Career Possibilities April 26, 2018

Comprehensive Initiative to Target Maternal Mortality and Reduce Racial Disparities in Outcomes April 23, 2018

Nation's Largest Investment in Computer Science Education April 9, 2018

Legislation passes to Ensure Equal Access to Diaper Changing Stations April 5, 2018

Actions to Improve Access to IVF and Fertility Preservation Services March 1, 2018

2018 Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity January 11, 2018

Op-Ed by Melissa Derosa: Why States Need to Step Up Now to Protect Women & Girls August 2, 2017

Governor Cuomo Launches First-Ever New York State Council on Women and Girls August 2, 2017