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

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.
Nov 3, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of repeated postponements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on deciding Plan B emergency contraception's over-the-counter status, a bipartisan group of legislators has introduced legislation requiring a decision on Plan B (text of bill: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/choice/110305PlanBBill.pdf) . The legislation was introduced by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), all members of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
Oct 26, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, for the third time, White House spokesman Scott McClellan was directly asked if President Bush supports birth control, and for the third time, he could not give a direct answer (transcript below). A day after Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and 31 of her colleagues sent a letter to the president asking again if he opposes birth control, White House correspondent Les Kinsolving raised the question with McClellan. Kinsolving also has asked the question the two previous times.
Aug 26, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Food and Drug Administration has decided to delay its decision on whether to permit over-the-counter sales of the so-called Morning-After Pill, even though the agency admits that its scientists have deemed it safe for over-the-counter use. The FDA said that the application to make the Plan B contraceptive available over-the-counter only for those over 17 years of age requires a review of current regulations. The FDA had previously made assurances that it would make a decision by last week.
Aug 23, 2005 Press Release

-"There's nothing funny about this Top 20 list"-

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and members of many of the country's leading women's rights organizations gathered on the steps of New York's City Hall to deliver a scathing indictment of President Bush's policies on women's health care, women's equality and women's rights. As part of the lead-up to Women's Equality Day on August 26 th , Congresswoman Maloney presented a list of the Top 20 Bush administration actions that have hurt women.

Aug 22, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) joined local activists in Huntington, NY to call for passage of The Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act (ALPhA), legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) which seeks to protect the right of individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription, while ensuring that pharmacies will fill all prescriptions without delay or harassment, even if a different pharmacist has to do it. Maloney and Israel are concerned by a report that a pharmacist at the Pathmark in Dix Hills refused to fill a prescription in March for emergency contraception pills and did not refer the medical professional calling in the prescription to another pharmacist at the store or to another pharmacy.
Aug 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today 19 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), again requested that President Bush respond to the question: “Are you opposed to contraception?”
Jul 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan again refused to answer the question of whether or not President Bush opposes contraception. Reporter Les Kinsolving initially asked the question at a May 26 press briefing - McClellan replied that he would not dignify such a question with a response (see transcript below). Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and 18 other Members of Congress have since sent the president a letter asking the very same question (text of letter: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/choice/071205PresidentContraception.pdf), so Kinsolving again raised the same question today - and McClellan again refused to directly answer the question (transcript also below).
Jun 7, 2005 Press Release

 Reps. Maloney, Shays, Wasserman Schultz and Crowley have introduced legislation to guarantee all legal prescriptions are filled.

 WASHINGTON, DC - On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed that the Constitution protects a privacy right to use birth control, Members of Congress and leading organizations stood together to celebrate the anniversary and to warn about new efforts to undermine this right. Griswold v. Connecticut may be 40 years old today, but the issues it resolved have risen anew in 21st century America.

Apr 14, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - During an outdoor rally today on Capitol Hill, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and other lawmakers and supporters introduced legislation to STOP pharmacies from denying the sale of physician prescribed prescription medications because of their employees religious beliefs.