WFUV’s Prickly Politics: Women in the Room

Listen to Prickly Politics, Women in the Room. It tells of the stories of harassment experienced by the SHWG, and other workers.

The podcast features a deep-dive into the history of sexual harassment in the New York State legislature. Subscribe to hear stories from survivors, advocates, and lawmakers as they work to reform Albany.

Also make sure to check out the Prickly Podcast creators discuss their process at: NYSBA Miranda Warnings Podcast- Candela & Seger: History of Sexual Harassment in The Legislature

Recent Press

The Cut, 6/26/19: This is a Message to Every Establishment Man

National Law Review, 6/24/19: New York State Legislature Enacts Sweeping Changes to Combat Sexual Harassment

Forbes, 6/24/19: New York Adjourns Historic Legislative Session. Here’s what Remains on Marijuana, Prisons & More

Democrat and Chronicle, 6/21/19: 20 Major Laws Passed at the New York State Capitol this Year

The Intercept, 6/21/19: The Sexual Harassment Bills Passed in New York are the Structural #MeToo Victories we Need

New York Times, 6/20/19: Sex Harassment Laws Toughened in New York: ‘Finally, this is Happening’

Gothamist, 6/20/19: Albany Passes Stronger Protections Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

Huffington Post, 6/19/19: New York State Lawmakers Vote to Reform Sexual Harassment Laws

Times Union, 6/19/19: Lawmakers Reach Consensus on Sexual Harassment Bill

Daily News, 6/19/19: New York takes Progressive Steps to Combat Workplace Harassment, Bolster LGBT Rights and Extend Statute of Limitations for Rape

WNYC Brian Lehrer, 6/6/19: New York State Considers Stronger Sexual Harassment Laws

Daily News, 5/30/19: Sexual Harassment Laws Stuck in Last Generation

NY 1, 5/24/19: Push to End High Standard to Prove Sexual Harassment In the State Takes Focus in Hearing

Politico, 5/24/19: Lawmakers Focus on Setting New Standard for Sexual Harassment

WSHU, 5/23/19: New York Lawmakers And Survivors Speak Out Before Second Hearing On Sexual Harassment

Times Union, 4/16/19: Working Group Calls for More Hearings

City & State, 3/25/19: New York Law Lets Sexual Harassers Off the Hook

The Nation, 3/7/19: Albany’s Reckoning With Sexual Harassment Is Long Overdue

Daily News, 2/18/2019: Albany's long-overdue reckoning on sexual harassment: The Capitol is finally facing up to its chronic failure to treat victims fairly

Times Union, 2/17/19: Casey Seiler: Let's not forget the enablers

Times Union, 2/15/19: Victims offer harrowing testimony at sexual harassment hearing

Politico, 2/13/19: Former staffers speak out against bosses in landmark hearing on harassment

New York Times, 2/12/19: How 7 Women Helped Put Sexual Harassment on New York’s Agenda

Inside City Hall, 2/11/19: Albany Gets Ready to Re-Examine Sexual Harassment Policies

Times Union, 12/31/18: NY workplaces adjust to #MeToo legislation: New York law addresses harassment but some say it falls short of protecting all women

Gotham Gazette, 8/7/18: Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Silent Amid Intensifying Calls for Sexual Harassment Hearings

Times Union, 8/3/18: State Must Hold Sexual Harassment Hearings

WCNY The Capital Press Room, 7/24/18: #MeToo in Albany

Journal News, 7/5/18: These women know how to fix gender-based harassment in Albany. Will Cuomo listen?

Gotham Gazette, 7/25/18: Pointing to Deficiencies, Victims Call for Changes to State’s New Sexual Harassment Policies

Inside City Hall, NY1, 6/21/18: Pushing for Change

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, 6/19/18: Sexual Harassment Working Group

New York Times, 6/1/18: The #MeToo Movement Came to Albany. But Will It Stick?

New York Times, 3/30/18: New York Rewrites Harassment Laws but Some Say the Changes fall Short

Albany Times Union, 3/22/18: Ex-legislative staffers: hold harassment until after the budget

6/4/18: The Alt Panel Discussion on Sexual Harassment Legislation in New York


Press Releases

June 19th, 2019: SHWG Advocacy Overhauls State Laws

June 3rd, 2019: NYS Legislature Must Pass S3817A/A7083A This Session

May 24th, 2019: Press Conference: Ahead of Hearing, SHWG Lays out Priorities

May 21st, 2019: SHWG Lobbies Albany on 10-Bill Agenda

March 19th, 2019: Legislative Leaders Agree: State Needs More Hearings

March 14th, 2019: 1 Month After 1st Hearing on Sexual Harassment, Workers Campaign for More

March 13th, 2019: SHWG Calls for More Hearings

March 11th, 2019: SHWG Launches #CallYourOffice Campaign

February 13th, 2019: SHWG Rallies and Testifies at Albany Hearing

February 11th, 2019: Nixon and SHWG Push for Legislation Ahead of Hearing

January 17th, 2019: NYS Legislature to Center Victims' Voices on February 13th

January 10th, 2019: The Year of a #HarassmentFreeAlbany

November 29th, 2018: Senate Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins Agrees: NY Needs #MeToo Public Hearings

October 31st, 2018: SWHG statement on Candidate Ad: Avoid Usage of term “Hush Money” to Describe Victims’ Damages"

October 15th, 2018: Survivors and Allies Demand NYS Legislature & Gov. Cuomo Hold Public Hearings

October 1st, 2018: SHWG Stands with Dr. Blasey-Ford, Urges Public Hearings in NYS

September 17st, 2018: SHWG letter to U.S. Congress on Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Vetting Process

September 11th, 2018: SHWG Identifies Flaws, Inconsistencies in NYS Draft Model Sexual Harassment Policy

August 7th, 2018: Candidates Endorse SHWG Policy Recommendations, Legislators Circulate Sign-On Letter in Support

July 20th, 2018: Sexual Harassment Working Group to Call for Public Hearings

June 20th, 2018: Statement Announcing Release of the Working Groups Policy Recommendations

March 30th, 2018: Statement on the legislation passed in the budget

April 27th, 2018: Statement Demanding Public Hearings on Sexual Harassment

March 25th, 2018: Survivors of Harassment in the Legislature: Our Concerns

March 22nd, 2018: Announcement of the Sexual Harassment Working Group


Recognition and Honors

We are so fortunate for the support we’ve received from our allies and other advocates fighting for a #HarassmentFreeNY.

On May 30th, 2019, the Bay Ridge Democrats honored SHWG and District Leader Tori Kelly as Changemakers.

On June 5th, 2019, the New Kings Democrats honored SHWG for our progressive reform work. Hear Leah Hebert’s acceptance speech here.

We were so proud on June 19, 2019 to be recognized by the NYS legislators in their votes as they passed this year’s revolutionary sexual harassment bill.

The most important recognition and honor we have received is when a worker thanks us for our advocacy. We are humbled, grateful, and inspired to keep pushing.

Thank you!!