Women celebrate their growing role in city government


The organization that helped women organize and campaign for City Council seats and gender equity in office celebrated at City Hall Park, Tuesday, July 13 that they have far exceeded their goals.

Dubbed 21 in ‘21, the organization’s goal was to see at least 21 women elected to the 51-person council, but come January the new council will have 30 women, with 86% of those women being people of color.

“Back in 2016 when we started it was just an idea,” said Executive Board Chair Amelia Adams. “We broke a lot of glass ceilings last week.”

As currently constructed only 14 women hold seats in the council. The City Council will now see representation that is more similar to the make-up of the constituents they represent. New York City has more women than men and the Democratic party has more woman voters than men.