A bill penned by Assemblywoman Addie Russell to cap out-of-pocket childcare expenses that passed the state Assembly last week is being praised by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Russell, a Democrat from Theresa, represents the “River District,” which includes St. Lawrence County communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as Potsdam and Canton.
The AAUW, a member of the Steering Committee of the New York Women's Equality Coalition, joins with other WEA members in approving the passage of new legislation to improve access to child care subsidies and establish paid family leave in New York State.
These bills complement the Women's Equality Act and work in tandem to address the obstacles and challenges faced by northern New York families.
Together, these vital measures for women and their families will make upgrades to our laws as child care access, affordability and quality, and caring for family members are issues that North Country families struggle with every day.
Paid Family Leave insurance will go along way towards helping our families balance work and the demands of family life. Caring for newborns, young children, and sick or elderly family members often falls squarely on the backs of working women.
Additionally, passing the Women's Equality Act would be a major step forward for women.
The New York State Assembly raised that bar, by proposing vital improvements to child care access and family leave that will further support women's economic security. These measures could help to lift women out of poverty and bolster the middle class families, struggling to stay in the middle class.
You can learn more about these critical needs by watching the interview with Assemblywoman Russell recently taped for North Country Matters, the local video public affairs magazine produced at WCKN.
Russell sat down with AAUW-NYS Public Policy VP Donna Seymour to talk about four issues of central importance to NYS families and the state’s economy: Paid Family Leave Insurance, Child Care, Pre-K and After School programs. Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2_gTm7sgP4.
Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch, founded in 1927, is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.