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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Oct 6, 2020 In The News

When the Boy Scouts of America started allowing girls to enroll last year, one of the first people to sign up was a Manhattan teen who had been pushing the century-old organization to drop its gender requirements. Sydney Ireland, now 19-years-old, grew up lobbying the Boy Scouts to let her and other girls officially join. Specifically, she wanted a shot at earning the top honor: the Eagle.

Aug 26, 2020 In The News

A statue commemorating Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony was unveiled Wednesday in New York City’s Central Park. 

The monument is the first in Central Park to depict nonfictional women. The existing statues had been created of fictional women from literary works.  

The bronze statue was unveiled as the U.S. commemorated 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote. 

Aug 26, 2020 Press Release

 

Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul brought together activists including ERA Coalition CEO Carol Jenkins, Judith Kasen-Windsor of The Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer Foundation, and Lizzie Tijani from Strategy for Black Lives for a Women's Equality Day Virtual Roundtable commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Moderated by NY1’s Cheryl Wills, the women discussed the legacy of the suffragists and today’s women’s equality movement. 

 

Aug 26, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and H.R.1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, released the following statement in recognition of Women’s Equality Day. 

“As we mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we celebrate significant milestones in the movement for women’s equality and continue the work still ahead.

Aug 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the House of Representatives, released the following statement today in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment which granted Women’s Suffrage.
 

Jul 10, 2020 Newsletter

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Jul 9, 2020 Press Release

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May 21, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Campus SaVE Act; Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) released the following joint statement on the GAO’s release of the new report, Approaches and Strategies Used in College Campus Surveys on Sexual Violence. The report was conducted following a request by the Representatives on January 30, 2018.

Apr 15, 2020 In The News

Four Queens lawmakers and students in Astoria are urging the New York City Department of Education to make feminine hygiene products available at all meal hubs throughout the city. 

Femstrate, founded by student leaders at the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, is receiving support from State Assemblywomen Catherine Nolan and Aravella Simotas along with Congresswomen Grace Meng and Carolyn Maloney.