House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in the city Friday, making a pitch to bring family leave insurance to New York State.
Support is growing to re-introduce the the New York State Family Leave Insurance Bill next year.
The bill would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial wages during time off taken to care for a child in the first year after the child's birth, or to care for a seriously ill family member.
"It's no wonder that women make so much less than men for doing the same job. Men can't get pregnant, so they don't have to worry about about being pushed out of work and losing wages for months at a time to support their families," said Armanda Legros, who lost her job while pregnant.
"Can you just imagine the anguish for that mom who can't afford to stay to stay home, can't afford quality health care, on the margins, probably making the minimum wage," Pelosi said.
"It's just not right."
Pelosi was joined by members of the New York delegation and public advocate candidate Letita James.