Legislation that has passed the New York state Assembly would prohibit companies from charging different prices for similar men’s and women’s products.
The measure, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (NEE’-lee ROH’zihk) of Queens, is intended to address price disparities between men’s and women’s products that are essentially the same, such as shampoo, shaving cream or razors.
A study by officials in New York City found that women’s prices are 7% higher than the prices for similar men’s products.
Rozic calls this price differential a form of institutionalized discrimination.
The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration after passing the Assembly on Tuesday.