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 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — The movement to establish a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to American women’s history is gaining steam. The bill to create a women’s history museum (HR 19), sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA), just passed the 150 cosponsor mark and the Smithsonian Institute is now raising funds for an American Women’s History Initiative. Under the new initiative the Smithsonian will hire new curators, survey its collection and begin to “amplify the voices of women from the past to inform the present and inspire the future.” 

Jun 5, 2017 Press Release

New York, New York — Nearly one hundred years after women picketed the White House demanding the right to vote, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today joined Teressa Shook, whose Facebook post launched the Million Women March, Joan Wages, the president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum and other leading advocates for women's rights to call for new actions to advance equality for women. The leaders called on Congress to pass H.R. 19, a bill authored by Rep.

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) reintroduced the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act to increase opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM fields as more and more U.S. jobs require a STEM education. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) is introducing the companion bill in the Senate.

May 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) reintroduced legislation Friday to protect the rights of women to receive honest information about family planning services.

May 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This National Women’s Health Week, May 14 – 20, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), took steps to safeguard women’s health and access to care with the introduction of HR 2379, the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act, HR 2566, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act, and HR 2567, the Access to Birth Control Act.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – A broad array of leading advocates for women’s rights spoke out today about the tremendous harm the Republican health care bill, also known as Trumpcare, will have on women all across the country.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an effort to shed light on the health effects of various feminine hygiene products, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) has reintroduced the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act (H.R. 2379).

Mar 27, 2017 Press Release

NEW YORK-Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined today by women leaders from across the city to celebrate news that the already iconic statue has been accepted into the Department of Transportation Art program and will remain in place on Wall Street through February 2018. Earlier this month Rep. Maloney sent letters both to Mayor de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg requesting that Fearless Girl be accepted into the program.

Mar 18, 2017 Press Release

NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney was joined by women leaders from across the city to call on New York City to permit the statue to remain permanently in place on Wall Street. Maloney also announced the reintroduction of her Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act to help get more women on corporate boards.

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and steadfast pro-choice advocate, took to the House floor today to oppose HJ Res. 43 which would restrict a woman’s access to abortion. During her remarks, she stated:

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