Women's Equality Party (New York)

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This article is about the New York based political party. For the UK political party, see Women's Equality Party.
Women's Equality Party
Founded 2014
Ideology Women's rights[1]
Political position Center-left
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The Women's Equality Party is a New York qualified political party active only in that state. It was founded in 2014.


Incumbent Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo created the party in July 2014 under New York's electoral fusion laws, which allow votes on any ballot line to count toward a ticket's overall vote count.[3] The party's name came from the Women's Equality Act, a bill that Cuomo was attempting to push through the New York State Legislature but stalled after he and the bill's supporters demanded a clause codifying Roe v. Wade be included even as the Republican-led New York State Senate refused to include the clause (the Senate did pass the rest of the bill, but the rest of the legislature refused to consider the bill without the Roe clause).

From its beginning, the party was met with controversy. Zephyr Teachout, who was challenging Cuomo in a primary election, accused Cuomo of blatant pandering, since Cuomo was not a woman.[3] (Cuomo instead used Kathy Hochul, his female running mate, as the public face of the party.) Its campaign bus bore a striking resemblance to a box of Tampax tampons.[4]

The party registered over 50,000 votes for the Cuomo–Hochul ticket in the 2014 gubernatorial elections, granting it automatic ballot access and a requirement to form a full political party. Cuomo and Hochul submitted a set of rules that has twice been challenged: once by a pair of Republican clerks who noted that the rules were not signed off on by a majority of the WEP's statewide candidates (the judge nonetheless threw the challenge out for lack of standing), and again by former State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, who submitted her own set of rules and is attempting to become chair of the party.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Candidate Pledges
  2. Women’s Equality Party Announces over 100,000 Signatures to be on the Ballot This Fall
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lovett, Kenneth (July 17, 2014). Zephyr Teachout blasts as cynical ploy Gov. Cuomo's creation of Women's Equality Party line. New York Daily News. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  4. Karni, Annie (October 12, 2014). Separated at birth? Gov. Cuomo's campaign bus and a Tampax box. New York Daily News. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  5. Mahoney, Bill (August 31, 2015). Tkaczyk explains takeover attempt of Cuomo’s women’s party. Politico New York. Retrieved August 31, 2015.