NEW YORK, NY (Washington Post, AP from ProLifeInfo.net) - A new poll shows that when asked what the government can
do to help women, New York women prioritize health care and gender pay
equity. What's more, NYS women are dissatisfied with the way their
representatives in Albany and Washington are handling those issues.
Quality health care is the top priority for women-63% rank this as the
first, second, or third most important of eight issues. Gender pay equity
ranks second (60%). Less than half of women (41%) who rate health care and
equal pay as one of their top three priorities are satisfied with how the
government has handled these issues.
"Women want better health care and economic equity. Their dissatisfaction
on these issues is no surprise, considering that the Institute for Women's
Policy Research rates NY as the 51st state for women's health and
well-being," said Jessica Shanahan, President of Feminists for Life of New
The next most important issues to women are ensuring affordable, quality
child care (39%) and raising the minimum wage (35%). Of all eight issues
tested, women are least satisfied with the government's work on child care
Policies intended to help mothers and ease the tension between family and
work priorities are less important. Twenty-eight percent prioritize
affordable housing for new mothers, as well as flexible work schedules,
and 22% emphasize family and medical leave.
Maintaining the right to have an abortion ties family and medical leave
for the least important of these eight issues (22%). The study also
dispels the idea that low-income women are the most concerned about
maintaining the right to have an abortion.
Only 13% of women with household incomes below $15,000 place this much
emphasis on abortion rights, while 38% of wealthier women ($80,000+) do
so. Only three percent of New York women say that abortion is an important
issue that currently affects them personally.
"As we celebrate Women's History Month, we must remember that the earliest
feminists were all pro-life and were unwilling to sacrifice our children
to advance women's equality," said Shanahan. "Now, we must call on our
representatives to open their ears to women's needs and wants, and to do
Commissioned by FFL-NY and conducted by the public policy organization
Vital Choices, the poll included 611 randomly selected women in New York
State. The overall margin of sampling error is 4%.