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

For other legislation and related issues click here.

More on Women's Issues

Dec 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, spoke on the House Floor after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the court case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.

 

Oct 4, 2021 In The News

Nearly 50 Queens residents across generations and genders gathered on the steps of Borough Hall Saturday to join the millions across the country rallying in support of reproductive rights.

Organizers said the borough’s solidarity with those fighting in states like Texas with restrictive abortion laws was essential, both because of the need for proactive engagement to prevent additional limitations and because legal access does not always mean equitable access.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Lawmakers, activists, doctors and others appeared before the House Oversight Committee Thursday at a hearing aimed at examining abortion access in the United States, a right which Democrats argue is facing an existential threat under a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, and newly emboldened GOP state legislatures which have passed a spate of restrictive abortion legislation.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Rep. Cori Bush was raped at a church camp as a teenager. A month later, she realized she was pregnant and sought out an abortion, she said at a hearing Thursday.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

After she was raped on a church trip in Jackson, Mississippi, and became pregnant in the summer of 1994, Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., got an abortion at the age of 18.

Her assault and the resulting pregnancy the summer following her high school graduation left her feeling ashamed, and she feared what her father would say or do. She remembers the Saturday she went to a clinic for an abortion and said she was "talked to like trash" in a way that made her blame herself more.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Three Democratic members of Congress on Thursday offered deeply personal testimony about their own abortions as a congressional committee examined how to respond to conservative states that are passing laws limiting abortion access.

Sep 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic Women’s Health Protection Act to establish a federally protected right to abortion.

  

Sep 21, 2021 In The News

The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing to examine states' efforts to restrict abortion access, Democrats on the committee said Tuesday.

The hearing is set for Sept. 30 and will focus on the spike in state-level anti-abortion laws and their health and economic impact on patients. According to the committee, the hearing will also examine possible federal legislative action to "protect and expand abortion rights and access."

Sep 21, 2021 In The News

The House Oversight Committee is planning to examine states’ abortion restrictions and will hear testimonies from House Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)on their own abortion experiences.