The New York State Senate announced Tuesday that it passed a bill to improve workplace training for women.
Members of the YWCA on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester talked up the bill on Tuesday.
The bill would add a workforce training program within the state Department of Labor specifically intended to help women seek higher paying jobs.
The program would include counseling, skills development, and current information about careers offering higher salaries and referrals to employers offering such jobs.
"So we began talking differently about pay equity. It's no longer about lawsuits. It's about giving women opportunities and education. The skills they need to compete in tomorrow's workforce. It's not the workforce of their fathers where manufacturing dominated. It's going to be a technology-based and knowledge-based economy," said Kelli Owens YWCA Regional Advocacy Coordinator.
Local state senator Joe Robach was a sponsor on the bill, which also passed the State Assembly. It now moves on to Governor Cuomo for consideration.