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    Letitia James, the author, celebrating the likely women's Council majority (photo: @21in21NYC)


    New York’s biggest strength – by far – is its diversity. New Yorkers speak more than 700 languages, represent hundreds of countries, and span every level of socio-economic status. We’re every color, every religion, and every identity. Our communities thrive when we lean into our diverse cultures, ensuring voices from all corners of our city are heard and represented. Unfortunately, our City Council has historically failed to achieve that.

    For a city with a

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    A 21 in '21 celebration of women heading to the City Council (photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)


    July 14, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Women Poised to Take Majority in the Next New York City Council

    Jessica Haller of 21 in '21 and City Council candidate Crystal Hudson joined the show to discuss the successful efforts to elect more women to the City Council, where women are set to go from currently holding 14 seats in the 51-seat legislative chamber to a majority with at least 28 seats, surpassing the goal

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    A celebration of women heading to City Hall (photo: @21in21NYC)


    Triumphant speeches and words of solidarity filled the air at City Hall Park on Tuesday morning. A historic expected majority of women likely to fill City Council seats in January gathered at a press conference, pledging to bring a culture of mutual support and a commitment to underrepresented constituents to the legislative body. They were joined by current and former elected officials, advocates, and others who had been part of the yearslong effort to bring the 51-seat Council, where there are

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  • effort elect more

    The City Council (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)


    The New York City Council is set to experience a seismic shift in composition, with dozens of Council members term-limited out after this year, and the changing of the guard in the 51-seat legislative body may wind up being most apparent in its gender balance.

    In 30 districts, there were “open” races for those seats and, in most cases, crowded Democratic primaries to fill them. With Democrats enjoying a significant voter enrollment advantage over Republicans, this month’s primaries

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    Most members of the New York City Council Women's Caucus (photo: @vanessalgibson)


    The coronavirus pandemic amplifies many of society's systemic gender inequalities, magnified by race, class, and immigration status. Women, who have continued to carry the burdens of “women’s work” into the 21st century, are disproportionately impacted by this crisis, and women of color in New York City will fare the worst. 

    As nearly 50 women candidates running in the 2021 city election cycle and other women leaders, we have joined together to call attention to these

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    Mark-Viverito, left, and Crowley, the authors (photo: @NYCCouncil)


    Susan B. Anthony said in 1897, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help make laws and elect lawmakers.”

    Thanks in part to Anthony’s life work and that of her fellow suffragettes, American women now have the power both to vote and serve as lawmakers. Yet, more than 120 years later, Anthony’s dream of complete equality has not been realized, because of the profound disparity in representation between men and women in elected

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