NOW National President, Terry O'Neill, comes to New York to throw support of national organization behind her historic bid for New York City Mayor
The National Organization for Women, hundreds of thousands of members strong, today announced their enthusiastic support for Christine Quinn’s run for mayor of New York. NOW National President Terry O’Neill cited Speaker Quinn’s record of delivering for New York women, her vision for the city’s future and the importance of having a serious, accomplished woman leader running the country’s largest city. NOW-New York State also offered their endorsement today and joined the call for New York City to make history by electing Christine Quinn as New York’s first female mayor. Dozens of women gathered for today’s announcement, in view of one of the nation’s most recognized female icons, the Statue of Liberty.
“Christine Quinn is not only the only woman in this race,” said President O’Neill, “but she’s the candidate with the strongest record of fighting for the rights of New York women. New Yorkers need a mayor who has a proven ability to govern and lead responsibly. – The time is now to elect Christine Quinn. Let’s give New York women and girls nationwide a strong voice and a true leader they can look up to in New York’s City Hall.”
NOW-New York State Secretary Gaby Moreno was present and issued a statement on behalf of state chapter president Zenaida Mendez: “We’re standing here today ready to make history with one of New York City’s greatest role models for women and girls. Christine Quinn has proven she knows how to lead – she leads responsibly, and delivers real results for New Yorkers. She is the only candidate who has demonstrated an ability to govern and that she is ready to run New York City. We’re incredibly proud of Christine Quinn’s unparalleled record, but we’re even more proud that she is a strong female leader. We’re ready and excited to help her reach new heights as our first female mayor.”
“I’m incredibly thankful for NOW National’s support,” said Speaker Quinn. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for girls all across New York to look to City Hall and see a woman fighting for them on serious issues, serving each day as an advocate and working to address New Yorkers’ needs. New York City needs a mature and experienced leader to keep it moving in the right direction and tackle the serious issues. I’m honored to have NOW National’s endorsement, to know they believe I am the most qualified and capable candidate to lead women and all New Yorkers.”
Quinn’s record of fighting on behalf of New York City’s women includes passing groundbreaking legislation cracking down on drivers of for-hire vehicles that facilitate sex trafficking in New York; making it illegal to obstruct New York women trying to get in to reproductive health centers; securing and restoring funding for 50,000 childcare seats and 200,000 after school spots; saving 40,000 teachers from layoffs; and advocating for the modernization of the Department of Education’s health curriculum.
NOW’s national and state endorsements are the latest in a string of high-profile endorsements for Speaker Quinn from women’s advocacy groups, elected officials, and feminists. These include NOW’s New York Chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, EMILY’s List, the Women’s Campaign Fund, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Lena Dunham, Liz Abzug, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, the Dominican Women’s Coalition, and over 1,000 women throughout New York working to elect Quinn under the Women for Quinn banner.
NOW National has hundreds of thousands of contributing members and is dedicated to the elimination of the discrimination and harassment of women, protecting women’s reproductive rights, ending violence against women, eradicating racism and sexism, and promoting equality and justice for all. NOW National has over 500 local and campus affiliates, including NOW-NYC.