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 November 2016, a bipartisan Congressional Commission — created by a bill sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — issued a report recommending the creation of a new Smithsonian Museum dedicated to women’s history. In March 2019, Reps. Maloney, Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, to establish such a museum National Mall. The bill has broad bipartisan support. 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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Apr 16, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, Before we get to this week’s updates, I want to wish all those observing the holy month of Ramadan a Ramadan Mubarak. This week, I introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act to expand who and what is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); chaired the Oversight Committee’s historic vote to pass H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act; and voted with my colleagues to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. I’m also glad to report that the FDA heard my call to lift the medically unnecessary in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone — a prescription medication that has been used to safely end early pregnancies in the United States for more than two decades.
Mar 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — At today’s House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response,” Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the committee, questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about what steps the Treasury Department is taking to implement the provisions of her Corporate Transparency Act, and about the impacts COVID will have on the American labor force going forward, post-pandemic.

 

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and author of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which was recently signed into law, spoke on the House floor this evening in celebration of Women’s History Month. She highlighted the Equal Rights Amendment, the forthcoming Smithsonian Women’s History Museum, and the achievements women across the country have made in the advancement of equality.

 

You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech and read a transcript below.

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment and original co-sponsor of Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s H.J.Res. 17 to remove the arbitrary deadline imposed on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), joined with Congresswoman Speier, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus to celebrate the passage of H.J.Res. 17 today.

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing: “From Rescue to Recovery: Building a Thriving and Inclusive Post Pandemic Economy,” Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and author of the Measuring Real Income Growth Act, highlighted the need to make sure that equity is at the center of our economic recovery policy.

 

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of today’s vote on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) spoke on the House floor to urge all her colleagues to join her in voting yes on this critical piece of legislation. Congresswoman Maloney is the lead House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment and the author of the Debbie Smith Act and its subsequent reauthorizations.

Mar 12, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, today celebrated the Smithsonian’s announcement of Lisa Sasaki to serve as the Interim Director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum (SAWHM).

 

Mar 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on International Women’s Day, Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) reintroduced their resolution calling for the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Adopted by the United Nations in 1979, CEDAW is a landmark international agreement which mandates that governments take positive steps for women’s advancement and eradicate laws, customs, and practices that discriminate against women.

 

Mar 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the first day of Women’s History Month, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) was joined by lead cosponsor Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) in announcing the introduction of H.J. Res. 28, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

 

Feb 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security hearing entitled, “A Pathway for Peace in Afghanistan: Examining the Findings and Recommendations of the Afghanistan Study Group,” Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and lead House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, emphasized the need for the United States to continue to support Afghan women and girls in the Afghanistan peace negotiations.