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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Jun 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, this week urged the Appropriations Committee to provide adequate funding for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. A version of the Congresswoman’s legislation was included in last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260).

 

May 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 3110, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, today celebrated the bill’s passage out of the House Education and Labor Committee. The bill next heads to the House floor.

 

May 18, 2021 In The News

On Tuesday, May 11, Rep Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), with Congressional Maternity Care Caucus co-chairs Reps.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today voted to pass the H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Congresswoman Maloney was the first sitting New York City Council Member to give birth while in office. She is the sponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act, signed into law in 2019, which provides all federal workers with 12 weeks paid leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. She is also the sponsor of a bill currently pending to provide access to paid parental leave to hundreds of thousands of USPS employees across the country.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), with Congressional Maternity Care Caucus co-chairs Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus Alma Adams (D-NC) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL), introduced the bipartisan Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act.

May 6, 2021 In The News

Lawmakers pushing to address the nation’s rising maternal death rate — particularly among Black women — heard testimony Thursday on what Congress can do to address the problem

May 6, 2021 In The News

Growing concern over maternal health disparities is prompting a flurry of congressional action, with lawmakers moving closer to consideration of policies that they say could reduce the rising number of maternal deaths.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee at a hearing Thursday examined ways to expand the perinatal workforce, collect data and reduce the effects of racism on Black maternal health in the United States. 

Apr 28, 2021 In The News

Joe Biden's remarks before Congress on Wednesday night will be a first in more ways than one: It marks the first time the new president has spoken before the assembled lawmakers and the first time that any president will be joined by two women on the dais.

Apr 23, 2021 In The News

For nearly 50 years, generations of feminists in the U.S. have marched, lobbied and advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)—a simple but crucial amendment that would enshrine gender equality in the Constitution. And all the while, protectors of the status quo have taken extreme measures to block their path.

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.