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New York’s Promise to Women: Ever Upward

Since the inception of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls in 1848, New York has proven to be a leader in women’s equality.

From winning women the right to vote in 1848, to defending women’s right to choose since 1970; from fighting to eliminate the wage gap, to combating sexual assault on college campuses, our State will continue its legacy of leading the way in advancing equal rights.

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is taking action to secure and guarantee access to reproductive health care for all women in the State. Through regulatory action, the State will ensure that contraceptive drugs and devices are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles regardless of the future of the Affordable Care Act; contraceptives are available in amounts exceeding one month’s supply at a time; and all medically necessary abortion services are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Access to reproductive health care is a fundamental pillar of women’s equality and New York will continue to stand tall with all women by safeguarding their most basic rights.

Read the draft regulations around contraception and abortion

Securing Access to Reproductive Health Services in New York

Contraceptive Drugs and Devices

Provide coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices and cover at least one form of contraception without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Coverage for Contraceptives

Provide coverage for the dispensing of contraceptives in amounts exceeding one month’s supply at a time

Abortion Services

Provide coverage for abortion services that are medically necessary without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Making New York a Model of Equality for Women

Eliminating the Wage Gap and Furthering NY’s Efforts to Protect Women’s Rights

Governor Cuomo signs two executive orders to put New York on the fast track to eliminate the wage gap. The executive orders will strengthen equal pay protections in New York and will require state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees.

New York Stands Tall with All Women

The "Women's Building"

New York's first-ever "Women's Building" is being developed to unite more than a dozen women-focused organizations, empowering generations to come. 

MWBE Investments

Governor Cuomo launches a $2M MWBE Investment Fund to provide seed financing to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises. 

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Victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and pregnancy discrimination discuss their experiences and how the the Women's Equality Act will prevent other women from suffering similar situations.