After 109 men, it is time for a woman leading New York City. New Yorkers can make history in 2021 by electing a changemaking woman with a track record of bringing people together to get things done. Maya Wiley is a historic candidate, unlike any mayor New York City has ever had. She 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 women and families all 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.
New York City is in crisis and the pandemic has had devastating impacts on women. 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. Failing to elect a historic, changemaking leader who understands this means losing a generation of progress for women.
The next Mayor must be someone with a deep understanding of the challenges women face, which is why Maya has focused so much of her campaign on policies and plans that lift up women:
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. Maya’s Universal Community Care Plan recognizes that care work is work 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. Reviews of maternal deaths 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% 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:
Improving K-12 education: Every young woman in New York City deserves access to a fully-funded, fully-equipped education and every mother should feel rest assured that—regardless of Zip Code or borough—they can send their children to a great school. Maya’s plan to Create a Just, Vibrant School System:
Advocating for housing justice: Historically, women, and especially Black women, have been evicted at much higher rates. 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 tailored support to survivors. Maya’s Plan To End Evictions:
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:
Centering women in economic recovery: Women have faced astonishing losses in the workforce over this past year. Maya will return women to the workplace and center them as essential to our economic future. New Deal New York:
Maya will champion women in City Hall and that’s why she has the support of Emily’s List, Amplify Her, Higher Heights PAC, Gloria Steinem, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and more. Maya Wiley will bring a bold future for all of New York City as its first woman Mayor and a candidate who is focused on the needs of all New Yorkers.