NOW NYC Endorses Chris Quinn for Mayor
The founding chapter of the National Organization for Women, NOW New York City, enthusiastically endorsed Christine Quinn for mayor today, citing her record of results on behalf of woman and children in New York City and her historic candidacy as she seeks to become New York’s first woman mayor.
“Christine Quinn’s candidacy is inspiring to women across New York, not simply because she is a woman, but because she is a woman who has the strongest record of accomplishment of anyone in the race,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW, NYC. “Make no bones about it, electing the first female mayor of New York City will be an historic accomplishment, but what makes her candidacy even more inspiring is the fact that of all the people in this race, no one can hold a candle to her in terms of actual accomplishment on behalf of all New Yorkers.”
In endorsing Quinn, NOW NYC cited the Speaker’s groundbreaking work creating penalties for drivers of for-hire vehicles that facilitate sex trafficking in New York, the passage of legislation that prevents so-called pregnancy crisis centers from engaging in deceptive practices targeting women looking for reproductive health services, and her leadership in passing legislation that strengthened laws in New York City making it illegal to obstruct a woman’s access to a reproductive health center. NOW NYC also pointed to Quinn’s work restoring and protecting funds to ensure that a total of 50,000 children would receive child care and nearly 200,000 would be able to participate in after school programs.
“Whether its protecting a woman’s right to choose, cracking down on those who would facilitate sex trafficking, or making sure that families have access to affordable childcare and after school programs, issues that effect women and families have been and will continue to be one of my greatest priorities,” said Christine Quinn. “No one in this race understands the issues facing women more than I do and no one in this race has as robust a record on women’s issues than I do.”
NOW NYC, is the largest chapter of the National Organization for Women in the Country, with thousands of members in all five boroughs, working to promote reproductive rights, secure women’s economic empowerment, and end discrimination and violence against women.
NOW NYC is the latest in a string of high-profile endorsements for Quinn from women’s advocacy groups, elected officials, and feminists. NOW’s endorsement comes on the heels of support from feminist-icon Gloria Steinem, EMILY’s List, the Women’s Campaign Fund, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Liz Abzug, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, the Dominican Women’s Coalition, and almost 1,000 women throughout New York working to elect Quinn under the Women for Quinn banner.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.