National Organization for Women (NOW)

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Dee Donavanik, press@now.org, (951) 547-1241

New York’s Legislature Must Appoint a Woman Attorney General

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt

WASHINGTON - The horrific claims of sexual violence made by four women against Eric Schneiderman have led to his resignation as New York attorney general, but more needs to happen if women are to feel safe.

“The fact that Eric Schneiderman resigned within hours of the credible allegations against him demonstrates the strength of the public reckoning we are in the midst of – an era of unchecked misogyny is ending,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of National Organization for Women - New York. “Abusive men like Eric Schneiderman will be held accountable. We owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous women who came forward to expose him.” 

The National Organization for Women is demanding that the New York state legislature should appoint a woman with a strong record of protecting women from sexual predators to replace Eric Schneiderman. This is not politics as usual, and the stale, male, usual choice won’t do this time. We need an attorney general who will begin her job knowing exactly what to do to support and protect women. Enough is Enough.

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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