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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul: "Stop commenting on how women look"

Local leaders respond to Hochul's message
Posted at 12:39 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 00:39:54-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Early Thursday morning N.Y. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted this:

Her message is simple--"Can we PLEASE stop commenting on how women look and instead focus on what they're doing?" The less than 60-second video gaining more than 7,000 views just 12 hours after it was posted.

In 2018, there were 25 female senators, a new record for Capitol Hill. That same year, nearly 24% of house representative voting members were women.

Both Erie County Legislators Lynne Dixon and Majority Leader April Baskin say they know all too well the double standard Hochul is referring to and it just doesn't apply to those in political roles.

"What these women have to remember is that they are special people," Legislator Dixon said. She continued, "That they bring so much more to the table than what the superficial idea of what someone should be or look like.

Majority Leader Baskin added, "In time, I believe that people will start to come away from the box that they put women in, but it's going to take time. Nothing is done overnight."

"I just want that era to end," Lt. Gov. Hochul told reporters Thursday. She contined, "A lot of women want to be judged by their work performance, how hard they work, how they value their jobs and let's get to that place in society, as well."