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

Aug 24, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Food and Drug Administration said it will make the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill available without a prescription for women 18 and over. Plan B will remain available as a prescription-only product for women age 17 and under. For 3 years FDA had refused to approve applications to give Plan B over-the-counter status despite the fact that in 2003, FDA's own panel of experts vote voted 23-4 in favor of over-the-counter status for Plan B.

Jul 31, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Food and Drug Administration said it will reconsider the application to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available without a prescription for women 18 and over. For years the FDA has refused to approve applications to give Plan B over-the-counter status.
Jun 22, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Yes, the President apparently does support birth control. Nearly a year to the day after a White House spokesman was first asked whether or not President Bush supports contraception, and more than 300 days since the first Congressional letter asking the president the same question, the Bush administration finally gave an answer (letter from administration).
May 16, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – In the hopes of finally getting an answer, 43 Members of Congress today are asking President Bush for the fifth time if he opposes access to birth control (pdf of letter). Today marks the 308th day of silence since Members of Congress, led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), first asked President Bush if he opposed access to birth control. The question was also posed several times to former White House spokesman Scott McClellan during press briefings, but he never gave a direct answer.
Mar 30, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Under new legislation, women seeking family planning information, including information about abortion, would no longer have to worry if they are being lured to a radical anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

Mar 15, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Bush nominated acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach to be the agency’s permanent commissioner. The FDA has repeatedly postponed a decision on the application to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available without a prescription, and that is likely to be a key issue during the Senate approval process.

Mar 3, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Wal-Mart announced that it will stock all of its pharmacies with the Plan B contraceptive, commonly known as the morning-after pill. Wal-Mart has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation in various states because of its refusal to carry Plan B.
Dec 13, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - 38 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), are hoping for a break in the White House silence on birth control and today have again asked President Bush whether or not he supports birth control (view PDF document). Since White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan first refused to answer a reporter’s question about the president’s support for birth control on May 26, Members of Congress have sent now four letters to President Bush asking for his position.
Dec 8, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the National Women’s Law Center held a press conference to discuss its opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) joined NWLC and made the following statement:
Nov 14, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Joseph Crowley, with leaders of the National Organization for Women, the Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood, revealed a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding that political pressure led to the Food and Drug Administration’s 2004 decision to deny over-the-counter (OTC) status to Plan B, an emergency contraceptive.