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 2017, Reps. Maloney and Ed Royce (CA-39) introduced H.R. 19, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, to establish such a museum National Mall. The bill has broad bipartisan support, with 232 cosponsors. The bill number was reserved by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as a symbol of one of the most important moments in women’s history—the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919 granting women the right to vote. 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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Mar 23, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, I’m excited to say that I got to spend all of this past week in New York since there were no votes scheduled in Washington, DC. I want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with me this week and come to my town hall on the 2020 Census in Queens and my rally against anti-Semitism and hate.
Mar 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), today reintroduced two pieces of legislation to combat sexual harassment in the workplace; the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act and the No Tax Deductions for Sexual Harasser Buyouts Act.

Mar 8, 2019 Press Release

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

Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees.
Feb 25, 2019 Press Release

Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) Friday asked Attorney General William Barr to clarify the Department of Justice’s stance on nonconsensual condom removal, also known as “stealthing.”

The Members explain that, “[n]onconsensual condom removal during sexual intercourse is extremely dangerous. It can lead to lasting consequences, such as unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, and is also a violation of trust between two sexual partners…[w]e agree that this clearly meets any reasonable definition of sexual assault.”

Jan 31, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) yesterday submitted a public comment to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos against the Department of Education’s new proposed rule for Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 which would threaten the civil rights, safety and well-being of countless college students. The Congresswoman urged the Secretary to withdraw the rule.

Jan 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Debbie Smith Act, joined with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) to introduce the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019. This legislation will reauthorize the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program which provides much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct forensic analysis of DNA evidence collected from crime scenes, including untested rape kits.

Jan 29, 2019 Press Release
Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA), House leaders on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), were joined today by actors and activists Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano, the ERA Coalition, the National Women’s Law Center, the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, Virginia General Assembly Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, and other Members of Congress to launch a new fight in the 116th Congress to ratify the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.
Oct 16, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY  –  Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) rang the opening bell at NASDAQ in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and held a press conference to discuss the importance of funding research. Rep. Maloney was joined by the President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Myra Biblowit, BCRF Chair William Lauder, BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton, President of the American Medical Women’s Association Dr. Connie B.

Oct 6, 2018 Press Release

Following the vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) released the following statement.

“After Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony last week, it was clear that he was unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. His blatant display of partisanship was astonishing. He seemed more like a candidate on the campaign trail than a nominee for our nation’s highest court.

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