Women’s City Club of New York is committed to improving public education in New York City. 

In 1995: WCC produced a video on HIV/AIDS awareness among youth for use in New York City public schools. 

Today: WCC established the Task Force on Physical Education  and the Task Force on Sex Education in New York City Public Schools, which conducts research to advocate for age-appropriate and comprehensive sex education. 

Recent Successes

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the New York City Council unanimously passed legislation to ensure that public school students are receiving state-mandated physical education and will require the Department of Education to report information about physical education in each school. WCC’s Task Force on Physical Education in City Public Schools has been a leading advocate on this issue. Click here to read the Task Force’s position report released in 2013. Click here to read the press release.

“It has been well-documented that physical education improves academic achievement. Therefore, to foster academic achievement without building physical fitness is an exercise in futility. The Women’s City Club of New York applauds this bill as an essential step in ensuring accountability for the health and wellbeing of students in the public schools.” 

– Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director, Women’s City Club of New York

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Marge Ives, Co-Chair, WCC’s Task Force on Sex Education in New York City Public Schools, testified before the New York City Council at its joint hearing on Sex Education in New York City Schools. Click here to read her testimony.