In 2017, the New York City Council pass Local Law 67, prohibits New York City employers from asking for or basing compensation on salary history. This I s still being done on applications or they ask you to sign a release for them to obtain the information. This should not be a criterion for employment, but your education and expertise you bring to the position.

The “Paycheck Fairness Act” introduced by Representative Rosa L. DeLauro this bill would “provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.” It passed the House, but is currently being held up in the United States Senate, most bills that are based solely on usually encounter a hard time passing, this is why we need more women representatives in federal office. The Democratic Caucus of Women having been lobbying their colleagues for support to pass this bill. I believe this is a no brainer and should be put into effect immediately.

Women are still fighting for equal rights in 2020, in 1978, Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) to try to eliminate the problem pregnant women were having in the workplace. But despite the law, pregnancy discrimination is still a reality for far too many women still today. Many women are too afraid to take leave for fair they will be demoted upon return. Legislation is passed by the New York City Council; we have had to women over the pass 14 years and no one has established and investigation into these practices against women and made it criminal or to ban said individuals from the particular industry. It’s time we get tough on individuals who are continuing a sexist and racist practice of making families and children suffer.
The United States has joined several human rights agreements with the United Nations and assisted in the drafting of these documents. We police the world and go into sovereign countries using human rights exploitation of the inhabitants and haven’t been able to resolve our problems at home. The United States is one of six countries that has not signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, this is deplorable. But statistics give us a clear glance or allow us to build a hypothesis on why certain situations still prevail.

Currently, women are 23% (126) of 535 seats in the House of Representatives and in the US Senate 26 women (26%) serve in the U.S. Senate. In regards to women of color they make up 37% in the House of Representatives or 8.8% and there are three in the US Senate. I believe these numbers are unacceptable for time we live in and we are far behind other countries in representation by women as a whole.