Patricia White

  • REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE IS AN ECONOMIC ISSUE FOR BLACK AND BROWN WOMEN

    Last week, the leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft majority opinion signaled a potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, and the federal right to abortion it guarantees. If this becomes the official ruling, Black and brown women will be hardest hit by it. Why? Because abortion bans will push more Black and brown women into poverty or debt as pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting can come with a price tag well beyond their means.

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  • New York’s First Female Governor: A History Making Day for New York and Women

    On August 24th, Kathy Hochul became the first female governor in New York State history after an abrupt end to the three-term tenure of Governor Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations. Hochul will serve out the rest of Cuomo’s term, while mounting her own campaign for election as governor in 2022.

    Who Is Kathy Hochul? For the past seven years, Hochul has been NYS lieutenant governor. As a native upstate New Yorkers, she was selected by Cuomo during his 2014 bid to gain support from that part of the region. Her job, like those of others before her, was to represent the governor at functions around the State and lead initiatives related to State agenda. In that capacity, Hochul’s policy priorities included the issues of gender and economic inequality. She led a campaign for sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses which gained her recognition as a champion of women’s issues. Her past record also shows a strong commitment to issues like minimum wage, paid family leave, affordable housing, and clean energy. While her position on some issues, including immigration has been a mixed bag, Hochul’s ascension to the executive office is viewed by policymakers and advocates, alike, as a breath of fresh air!

    Hochul enters the executive office with many challenges, among them:

    --A surge in COVID cases just as schools are set to reopen in September,

    --Averting massive evictions among NY households due to high unemployment during COVID,

    --Immigration; an issue affecting over 4 million immigrants as well as the region’s economic recovery,

    --A subway system in crisis, with a 50% decline in ridership due to COVID,

    --Picking a lieutenant governor that makes her a “winnable ticket” in the next primary, and

    --Running for Election in 2022.

    All tall orders, in a short period of time!

    As we celebrate Hochul’s rise to leadership as the first female governor, there’s another “first'' that is worth noting. The New York State legislature will have more women and people of color than ever before in its history. As Hochul governs with this diverse legislature perhaps New York will lead the way in achieving advancements for women and people of color. As democrats abroad, New Yorkers and women, 2022 and beyond looks promising.


  • Spotlight on the Senator Gillibrand

    The Global Women’s Caucus Hosts a Women’s Economic Forum

    Here is where Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stands on the issues…

    • EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE: Make public higher education debt free.  Make childcare more affordable and accessible.
    • GUNS: Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  Make background checks universal.
    • SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT: Reform handling of sexual assault in the military and on college campus.
    • HEALTH CARE: Move to a universal, government-run health care system.
    • CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Overturn Citizens United. Refuse corporate PAC donations.
    • CLIMATE CHANGE: Create a cap-and-trade commodity market for carbon emission. Ban new drilling on federal lands.
    • IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY: Eliminate U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Reform immigration to include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
    • SOCIAL ISSUES: Expand abortion access. Establish federal paid family leave. Gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans should be allowed to serve in the military and marry whomever they chose.

    Learn more about the Senator and where she stands on issues that matter to you at the GWC’s Women’s Economic Forum on June 26th.

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    Gillibrand, DeLauro Introduce Family Act, Urge Congress to Pass Permanent Paid Leave.

    On the 28th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Rose DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, their signature legislation to create a permanent, national paid family and medical leave program.

    The Act ensures that every worker, regardless of size of employer, or if they are self-employed or part-time, has access to paid leave for serious medical situations when needed. The Act provides up to 66% of wage replacement for 12 weeks, anytime, a worker needs it.

    Paid leave for all is an important economic solution for women, and particularly women of color. 

    Join Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she discusses this issue and others at the June 26th Women’s Economic Forum.


  • Launch of the GWC's Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the GWC's Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative.

    Expanding leadership and economic opportunities for women, across race and geography, and rooting out systemic biases that shut women out, is a priority for the Global Women’s Caucus and Democrats Abroad overall. Important policy recommendations to address these systemic inequities can be found throughout the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform from, taxation to wage equality to education.

    We must translate these recommendations to action to ensure voters understand the issues and the recommended policy changes. This new initiative will draw attention to, and advocate for, policy recommendations that address systemic inequities and promote equity and fairness for women. We will especially focus on issues impacting women of color, a segment of the American population for whom unjust discriminatory practices and policies throughout history have limited their prosperity and inclusion in arenas of leadership.

    We have an opportunity to make the election of a woman to Madam Vice President more than a celebration, but a Call-to-Action on behalf of women at home and abroad. The new Biden-Harris administration believes that equity for women is paramount: it has established a Gender Policy Council; appointed and promoted more women to key cabinet and administrative positions than ever before and passed the American Rescue Plan that will lift millions of women and their families out of poverty. This is a watershed moment for improving women’s economic condition and placement at the tables of leadership, if we want it

    To capitalize on a return to Democratic leadership, and with the opportunity of the new White House Gender Policy Council to push for gender equality, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative.

    Join us as we capture this moment into a movement. Help us position women’s economic well-being and leadership as a priority area for the Party of democrats, which is the Party of Women! 

    For more information about the Initiative or to volunteer, contact Pat White ([email protected]) or Carol Moore ([email protected]).

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    MISSION STATEMENT

    To advocate for women’s economic empowerment in order to achieve, and possibly exceed, the policy goals for American women that are documented and adopted in the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform.
    FOCUS AREAS TO MEET MISSION: With the 2020 Democrats Abroad (DA) Platform as the blueprint for action, we will:
    Educate...
    DA members on issues and conditions that serve as barriers to women’s economic well-being and leadership and the intersectionality of issues across the Platform that further limit women’s opportunities.
    Engage...
    members in individual and collective activism for economic policy goals for women as well as their increased representation in leadership and politics. 
    Inform...
    DA members of policy proposals and legislation that advance women’s economic well-being and leadership, in particular women of color. 
    Collaborate...
    with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government who advance policy proposals, directives, and legislation in alignment with the adopted Platform and workgroups of DA. 
    Support...
    candidates with demonstrated history of advocating for issues that advance women’s economic wellbeing and leadership in public and private sectors.

  • Women’s Economic Wellbeing and Leadership Initiative

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Women’s Economic Wellbeing and Leadership Initiative in conjunction with Democrats Abroad, State of American Women Project.

    Expanding leadership and economic opportunities for women, across race and geography, and rooting out systemic biases that shut women out, is a priority for the Global Women’s Caucus and Democrats Abroad overall. Important policy recommendations to address these systemic inequities can be found throughout the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform from, taxation to wage equality to education.

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