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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More on Women's Issues

Oct 17, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) today urged Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt to restore access to affordable birth control and other brand name prescription drugs for college and low-income women (full text of the letter below).  The Representatives’ concern stems from a provision of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) that went into effect earlier this year and inadvertently caused the price of many brand name prescription drugs - including birth control - to increase at “safety-net” health providers such as campus health centers and community clinics.     

Aug 1, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation today that would help rape victims avoid unwanted pregnancies.  The “Best Help for Rape Victims Act” (H.R. 3318) would require that emergency contraception (EC) be included in the federal guidelines for treating victims of sexual assault, which the Justice Department issues to hospitals around the country.  EC is currently excluded from the Justice Department’s National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination.
Jul 31, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded passage of legislation that would protect women against workplace discrimination.  The “Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007” (H.R. 2831) passed the House, 225 to 199.   

Jun 6, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation guaranteeing a woman’s ability to access birth control - including over-the-counter emergency contraception - was introduced by U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) today at a Capitol Hill rally attended by several leading women’s organizations.  The “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act,” would make it illegal for a pharmacy to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and require pharmacies to help, not hinder a woman’s ability to access contraception. 
Jun 1, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced the “Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act” (H.R. 2478) to crack down on the brazen false advertising tactics of some deceptive, radical anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers, or CPCs.  Some federally funded crisis pregnancy centers have been proven to advertise false information about the services they provide in order to lure women seeking abortion information and then talk them out of the procedure.
May 10, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Flanked by over 100 breastfeeding mothers and children, U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) hosted a “nurse-in” today on Capitol Hill to reintroduce their “Breastfeeding Promotion Act” (H.R. 2236 – click here for link to bill).  The bipartisan bill would protect breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

Apr 18, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke out against the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold a federal ban on an abortion procedure that is typically used when doctors believe it is the safest option for a woman.
Feb 9, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – A new proposal in Congress would designate the third Monday in February – which is currently designated to celebrate George Washington’s birthday and President’s Day – as a day to also celebrate Susan B. Anthony, the founder and leader of the women’s rights movement in America (text of bill). The legislation (H.R. 856) was introduced by long-time women’s rights champion Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), along with Congressional Women’s Caucus co-chair Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-11).
Nov 20, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Several Congressional leaders on the reproductive health issue today urged President Bush to rescind his appointment of an anti-birth control head of a crisis pregnancy center to head family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (letter to Bush). Last week, it was reported that the president appointed Dr. Eric Keroack, who will control hundreds of millions of dollars meant for programs to provide access to birth control and will help direct administration policy on reproductive health.
Nov 17, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – President Bush has appointed Dr. Eric Keroack, medical director of a crisis pregnancy center that deems birth control “demeaning,” to head family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. In his new position, this anti-contraceptive, anti-choice official will control hundreds of millions of dollars meant for programs to provide access to birth control and will help direct administration policy on reproductive health.