There have been 109 male mayors of New York City and 108 of them have been white men. Black women have always been leaders in their communities, now it’s time for us to lead our city, not because of how it looks, but what it means for all of us. Maya Wiley is a civil rights advocate who has dedicated her career to fighting for racial justice and equity, and a trailblazer who will do right by Black women and families across this city. If we want to see real change in New York, we need to elect someone who spent her life helping other people. That’s exactly who Maya Wiley is.
In one of the most diverse cities in the country, it’s important for young people, especially little girls, to grow up knowing that they can lead. But Maya’s candidacy means more than representational change: being a Black woman would also make her a better mayor. Black women get stuff done because they know how to walk in the shoes of others and bring empathy, courage, and clarity to their work.
Maya Wiley will bring that lived experience with her to City Hall and advocate for the issues Black women face in this city—not only because she shares them, but because these issues are vital to the health, wealth, and progress of New York:
Establishing a Women’s Agenda: This past year, women left the workforce in droves and were often forced to choose between going to the office and caring for their families. In December, employers cut 140,000 jobs with women accounting for all losses. Because of their overrepresentation in caregiving fields, Black and Latino women were disproportionately impacted. Maya’s Women’s Agenda will fight for the needs of all women throughout our city by:
Prioritizing Maternal Health: Being pregnant while Black in America shouldn’t be deadly. New Yorkers, especially those of color, are facing a maternal health emergency. In New York City, Black women are eight times more likely to die and three times more likely to almost die than white women, and studies have shown that at least 60% of the deaths are preventable. Maya’s Preventing Maternal Mortality Plan makes maternal health a Mayoral priority by:
Supporting MWBEs: Approximately 85% of minority women-owned business enterprises in New York City may not survive the next six months. Maya’s Save our Small Business Platform provides support to MWBEs by:
Creating a Universal Care Economy: New York City is home to nearly 1.3 million caregivers, 15% of the City’s population. Many of these caregivers are women, especially women of color, who provide 30 hours a week or more of care to their families and loved ones, in addition to their regular jobs. In 2017, women of color made up 88% of the City’s paid care workforce, and 77% of its unpaid kinship caregivers. Maya’s Universal Community Care Plan recognizes that care work is work by:
Advocating for housing justice: Historically, women, and especially Black women, have been evicted at much higher rates than their male and white counterparts. 80% of homeless mothers have experienced domestic violence as adults. The homelessness crisis is tied to the epidemic of domestic violence, and we must provide support to survivors. Maya will End Evictions and Ensure a Just and Livable NYC by:
Addressing gun violence: Domestic and gender-based violence has spiked during the pandemic. Maya will address this violence and identify resources and interventions for survivors. Women should be able to walk our streets in peace and no mother should have to worry if their child is going to make it home safely. Maya’s Gun Violence Prevention Plan:
Putting the “Public” Back in Public Safety: There is no leading New York City out of the crisis we’re in without transforming policing and ensuring it protects our communities, especially communities of color, who have been targeted, mistreated, and disrespected by the police for far too long. Every mother—especially Black mothers—was called to action the moment we heard George Floyd calling out for his mother with what turned out to be his last breaths. We have been called, and we must respond. Maya’s Policing and Public Safety Plan:
Creating a Just, Vibrant School System: Access to quality education is absolutely essential to setting up our children for success, yet far too many Black children in our city face underfunded schools and little support for their growth and development, leaving them at-risk of falling into patterns of violence and crime and hinders their educational and economic mobility. It is time for every single New Yorker—regardless of zip code or economic status—to have a well-funded, fully-staffed school to go to every morning. Maya’s plan for Creating a Just, Vibrant School System:
Centering women in economic recovery: Women, chief among them Black women, have faced astonishing losses in the workforce over this past year. In December of 2020, when employers cut 140,000 jobs with women accounting for all losses, a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey showed that Black and Latina women lost jobs, while white women made gains. Maya will return women of color to the workplace and center them as essential to our economic future. Her economic recovery plan, New Deal New York:
Reopening and Reinvesting in Our City’s Arts and Cultural Institutions: The pandemic has battered our vibrant and essential tourism, arts, and cultural sectors harder than any other industry, leaving thousands of artists, creators, and arts workers without work for over a year. Black artists and artists of color—who have historically been marginalized and neglected by our city’s mostly white institutions for years—have been impacted the most. To reopen and recover our city, we must support artists of color and rebuild a stronger, more equitable New York City arts sector for all. Maya’s plan to Revive Tourism, Arts and Culture:
Maya will be a champion for Black women in City Hall and that’s why she has the support of Emily’s List, Amplify Her, Higher Heights PAC, 1199 SEIU—our healthcare heroes, the New York Working Families Party, Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and more. Maya Wiley will ensure a strong, equitable recovery for all New Yorkers as the first woman, and first Black woman, to be elected Mayor.