On August 26th, 2017, we were proud to celebrate National Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
However, even after the United States constitutionally expanded the right to vote, countless women were still disenfranchised and kept from voting. African-Americans were subjected to literacy tests and poll taxes, and many states even had laws on the books barring Native Americans from voting. The fight to end these laws and ensure all women were able to exercise their right to vote continued for decades.Read more
OCEAN TWP -- Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling slammed Governor Christie on Friday following his absolute veto of their salary history bill. The legislation, aimed at closing the gender wage gap, would have prohibited employers from inquiring about or basing a proposed salary on an applicant’s salary history.Read more
“It’s 2017. I don’t understand why we’re even talking about this, but obviously we have to,” Assemblywoman Joann Downey said.
Downey wants to ban one of the age-old questions used during an applicant’s hiring process: what was your previous salary?Read more
TRENTON -- New Jersey is one step closer to becoming the latest place to bar employers from asking job applicants to reveal their salary history. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly voted 49-19, with seven abstentions, Monday to approve the Democratic-controlled measure.
"'What were you making at your last job?' -- people ask that all the time," said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), a co-sponsor.Read more
The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill intended to strengthen protections against employment discrimination. Assemblywoman Joann Downey said it would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their employment history.Read more
Assemblywoman Joann Downey, author of legislation that would prevent employers in New Jersey from inquiring about potential employees’ salary histories, renewed calls for the Legislature to approve the measure, which aims to prevent race- and gender-based wage discrimination.Read more
In late January, our country witnessed an incredible movement and mobilization of citizens of every race, creed, gender, and background in the form of the Women’s March on Washington. Here at home in Monmouth County, we had nearly six thousand marchers in Asbury Park, who stood up for gender equality and spoke out with a unified voice that was impossible to ignore. When I addressed the crowd, I was completely inspired and awestruck.Read more
Ahead of the General Assembly voting session on Monday, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling have called for an override of Governor Christie’s veto of legislation that would have promoted pay equity for women in New Jersey. Houghtaling and Downey previously criticized Governor Christie for vetoing the bill back in May.Read more
Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration Through MVC Heads to Governor
Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Heads to Governor
By a vote of 54-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver's license.Read more