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

Jun 26, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON –Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in McCullen v. Coakley, which struck down a Massachusetts law designed to stop the harassment of women at health care clinics by establishing a 35-foot buffer zone.
Jun 19, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement on the Department of Education’s Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the Campus SaVE Provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Maloney authored the Campus SaVE Act and worked to include the language in VAWA.
May 28, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced an updated version of her legislation to study the health effects of menstrual hygiene products. The Robin Danielson Act of 2014 would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research whether menstrual hygiene products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other chemical additives like chlorine and fragrances, pose health risks.

May 12, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement regarding the decision by Google and Yahoo to remove deceptive crisis pregnancy center online advertisements.

“Google and Yahoo understand that women should not be deliberately deceived when seeking legitimate medical services. I commend these companies for taking action to remove misleading advertisements from their search engines. 

May 7, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to form a Congressional Commission on the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 863) passed by a vote of 383 to 33 and now heads to the Senate, where Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading the charge.

Apr 29, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the Campus SaVE Act, today released the following statement applauding the recommendations of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. 

Mar 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

Mar 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of both House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, legislation to establish a congressional commission on building a National Women’s History Museum (H.R. 863) is gaining significant momentum in Congress. At a hearing today before a key House Natural Resources Committee panel, the bill’s champions, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), stressed the bipartisan nature of their legislation and their growing list of cosponsors, which has nearly doubled in the past four months.  

Jan 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Thirty-nine Members of Congress today joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA)  in sending a bipartisan letter to the Department of Education urging the Department to take immediate action to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The members call for new policy guidance to improve transparency of campus data, investigations, and enforcement actions, and provide additional guidance for responding to same-sex violence and gender identity discrimination. They also urge Education to pursue aggressive interagency solutions with the Department of Justice for more aggressive enforcement.

Jan 28, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) delivered the following remarks from the floor of the House on H.R. 7, the misnamed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

“For years the other side of the aisle has been trying to get between a woman and her doctor. Now they're trying to come between a woman and her insurance company. They want to open a new front on the war on women and this one cruelly focuses on poor women."

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