Julie has always been a champion for women and advancing women in the workplace.
Julie has been a champion of women's rights and increasing opportunities for women for decades.
As Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, she spearheaded the seminal study on gender pricing, also known as the “pink tax.” The study found that 42% of the time women’s items are priced higher than men’s items by an average of 7%, even among similar products. These findings ultimately resulted in statewide legislation in New York that prohibited such upcharges.
As Commissioner of Media and Entertainment, Julie made fighting for women in the workplace a priority. She launched a five part initiative to increase gender equity and opportunities for women in the film, television, theater and music industries including the nation's first women film fund. Julie has also been a board member of the Women’s Campaign Fund where she helped start the She Should Run program to encourage more women to enter elected office. And she’s been a board member at Eleanor’s Legacy, a New York-based organization committed to the same cause.
Julie understands that women can not access the job opportunities they deserve or thrive in the workplace without access to quality, affordable childcare. On the City Council, Julie will fight for universal childcare and other needed childcare services as well as champion other opportunities to empower women, including legislation that evens the playing field in traditionally male-dominated sectors.