Women's Issues

Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has worked tirelessly as an advocate and leader for women. She has placed a special emphasis on women’s health needs, reproductive freedom, international family planning, and securing women’s equality in the Constitution.

Equal Rights Amendment: Congresswoman Maloney is the leader in Congress of the effort to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Read more

Breastfeeding: Due to significant health benefits for the mother and child, the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding for all infants. Congress needs to do all it can to support mothers when they decide to breastfeed. Read more

International Efforts: Congresswoman Maloney has been a long-time supporter of the United Nations Population Fund, aiding global efforts to prevent and treat obstetric fistula, and passing the Afghan Women’s Act. Read more

National Women’s History Museum: In December 2014 Congress passed legislation establishing a privately-funded commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to Congress for approval. Members of the commission will be appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Read more

Gender Pay Gap: Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has been a steadfast leader in fighting for women’s rights, including closing the gender pay gap. A typical woman today, working full-time and year round, is paid only 79 percent of what her male counterpart makes. It is unacceptable that in the year 2016, women on the whole are not being paid fairly for their work. This is not merely a women's issue, it is an issue that affects every American family who is increasingly dependent on women's earnings. Read more

Reproductive Choice: Congresswoman Maloney is a strong advocate for a woman’s right to choose and an outspoken supporter of women’s reproductive rights. However, choice is meaningless without access. That is why she has been monitoring the efforts of the anti-choice establishment to devalue a woman’s right to choose and has been actively working against any legislative limits to access. Read more

Increasing the Role of Women in Corporate Boardrooms: In January 2016 Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12)  unveiled a new report from the Government Accountability Office, which shows women are severely underrepresented on corporate boards, taking up just 16 percent of seats in the boardroom. The study, which Maloney requested in May 2014, shows that even if the rate of women joining corporate boards were doubled, so they were hired at the same rate as men, it would still take at least 40 years (2056) for women to reach parity. Read more

Boko Haram: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is a fierce advocate of protecting both the rights and safety of Americans, and human rights internationally. Since Boko Haram’s capture of 267 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria in 2014, Congresswoman Maloney has supported the effort to #BringBackOurGirls, and supports international efforts to help eradicate the terrorist and anti-American organization, Boko Haram.

Equal Access to Discriminatory Clubs: In August of 2012, Congresswoman Maloney publically praised the Augusta National Golf Club's decision to admit former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and businesswoman Darla Moore as members of the exclusive club that plays host to a Masters Tournament. Read more

Sexual assault in the military: Rapes and sexual assaults are far too common in both civilian life and in the military. Congresswoman Maloney has worked to bring justice to the military victims of sexual assaults through letters to the Department of Defense, nonpartisan studies, and legislation. As our soldiers are fighting for those who have long been denied basic rights, we should do everything possible to ensure that we are protecting their rights too.

Susan B. Anthony Birthday Act: Congresswoman Maloney has led the fight to have a day officially dedicated to the memory of an influential woman in the country’s history. The Congresswoman introduced the Susan B. Anthony Birthday Act in 2011, which would designate the third Monday in February as a day to celebrate the legacy of Susan B. Anthony.  Susan Brownell Anthony is remembered for creating the first women’s movement in the United States and leading that movement for more than 50 years. Read more

Reducing the National Rape Kit Backlog: Congresswoman Maloney authored the Debbie Smith Act to help reduce the backlog of untested DNA rape kits. First passed into law in 2004, this bill has been lauded "as the most important anti-rape legislation ever signed into law," by the head of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Read more

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More on Women's Issues

Jul 6, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – The United States Women’s National soccer Team has won the World Cup, but their pay from the International Association of Federal Football falls far short of what their male counterparts received. FIFA will award just $2 million to the champions. Those eliminated in the first round of the men’s tournament received around $8 million. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today urged FIFA President Joseph S Blatter to end the discriminatory policy.

Jun 19, 2015 Press Release
No woman should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck… Under the guise of helping women, the Walberg bill simply creates more confusion for employees and exposes employers to additional litigation risk.
Jun 19, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement, calling on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to keep a New Yorker on the ten dollar bill.

May 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Ranking Member Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) this week called on Congress to help close the gender pay gap by enacting legislation to raise the minimum wage, provide paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child, ensure affordable day care and prohibit retaliation against employees who complain about gender wage discrimination.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 420-3. The bill passed the Senate unanimously in April. Maloney was the lead Democratic sponsor of similar legislation of the same name introduced by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), which passed the House in January.

May 8, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK -- Congressional leaders have now appointed all eight members of the National Women’s History Museum Commission and planning can begin on establishing a National Women’s History Museum in our nation’s capital. The commission was established by bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Maloney praised House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on their appointees to the commission.

May 7, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Ranking Democrat Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released a new report that found the economic security of two-thirds of American families depends upon a mother’s earnings, and that mothers typically contribute about 40 percent to their families’ overall income. The report also found that mothers face a “Mommy Tax,” whereby they are paid 3 percent less than women without children.

Apr 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke out on the House floor against a Resolution of Disapproval that would overturn a Washington, DC law which bans discrimination by employers based on an employee’s reproductive health decisions. Maloney delivered the following remarks:

Apr 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is sounding the alarm on a new bill to overturn a Washington, DC law, which bans employers from firing their employees for their reproductive health decisions. On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark-up the bill.

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