Governor releases report on women in the workplace as NYS commemorates Women’s Equality Day

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Kathy Hochul commissioned a new report Friday on women in the workplace. The report was announced as the state commemorates Women’s Equality Day—which marks 102 years since women in the United States gained the right to vote.

The governor has directed the Department of Labor to examine the impact of Covid-19 on women in the workplace. She also wants them to explore equitable solutions.

This announcement was read as she signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 26 National Women’s Equality day:

“It was our fore mothers and fore grandmothers went on this long, long journey since 1848 when a small community called Seneca Falls hosted 300 enlightened individuals. And it’s amazing to think to this day how did 300 people know where to go without social media telling them where the event was?”

On Friday, state buildings will be lit purple and gold in recognition. In Fairport, the lift bridge over the Erie Canal will be illuminated.

The following state assets will also be illuminated in recognition of Women’s Equality Day:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA Long Island Rail Road – East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal

Women’s Equality Day is a federally recognized holiday celebrating the 1920 adoption of the nineteenth amendment, which granted women the right to vote.