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

Jan 25, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is violating the law by delaying its decision on granting over-the-counter (OTC) status for the morning-after pill, says the law’s author. A rider attached to the FY05 Agriculture Appropriations bill prohibits the FDA from actions that run counter to its obligation to make decisions based on sound science, not political or ideological considerations (PDF of legislation - see Sec. 774). However, by extending its timeline and continuing deliberation on whether to grant OTC for the Plan B ® contraceptive, the FDA is ignoring the intent of Congress and the overwhelming recommendation of its own scientific panel.
Jan 13, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14), Michael Michaud (ME-02) and a bipartisan group of 95 of their colleagues urged the Justice Department to help rape victims avoid unwanted pregnancies by including the option of emergency contraception (EC) in its National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination (PDF of letter). The Department’s first-ever medical guidelines for treating sexual-assault victims currently excludes any mention of EC, commonly called the “Morning-After Pill,” even though earlier draft versions did contain references to EC.
Nov 1, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney applauded the bipartisan coalition of members of Congress, organizations, and crime victims like Debbie Smith for their success in getting H.R. 5107, the “Justice for All Act,” signed into law. The president signed the bill into law just as police in New York State made their first arrest, based on an indictment of a DNA sample (“John Doe”), of a suspect in a sexual assault case from 1996.
Oct 8, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Maloney applauded the House for passing H.R. 4200, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2005, which includes her amendment to erase the backlog in untested DNA kits, reduce the processing time of the kits, and ensure the armed forces have sufficient number of kits. The amendment also directs the Secretary of Defense to ensure that personnel are trained in the use of these kits.
Sep 22, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 1700, the “Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003” out of committee. The legislation, which will bring long overdue justice to rape victims and their families, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly on November 5, 2003, 357-67.

Jul 13, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of sharp criticism of the Food and Drug Administration for letting politics trump science in the decision to deny over-the-counter status for the Plan B® contraceptive, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Henry Waxman (CA-30) have successfully attached an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill (HR 4766) today that would require the FDA to do the job it is supposed to be doing - determining what is safe and effective contraception, not what is politically expedient (PDF of amendment). There is overwhelming sentiment that the FDA did not do its job in the case of their decision on emergency contraception by ignoring its own scientific panel, which voted 23-4 in favor of over-the-counter status.

Jun 21, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - As reported in today's New York Times, the Bush administration is once more doing the bidding of right-wing, anti-abortion groups in threatening to de-fund any organization that cooperates with UNFPA, the UN Population Fund.

May 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - An amendment that would direct the Department of Defense (DoD) to eliminate its backlog of untested rape DNA collection kits and ensure that the armed forces have an ample supply of the kits was successfully attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4200) today by Rep. Carolyn Maloney. This action comes one week after DoD’s task force on military sexual assault released its final report, which was criticized for containing mostly vague recommendations. Numerous immediate actions that had been recommended in previous reports - such as making DNA kits widely available - were not included in last week’s report.

May 17, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - A week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to deny over-the-counter (OTC) status for the Plan B® contraceptive - the“Morning-After Pill” - Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Joseph Crowley (NY-07) and 15 colleagues introduced a bill in Congress today that would direct the FDA to revisit the decision (PDF of bill). Under the legislation, the FDA would review its decision and would have to affirm that the decision was not based on politics, was based on science and conformed to FDA precedent and procedures. The FDA has drawn heavy criticism for ignoring its own scientific advisory panel, which voted 23-4 to recommend OTC status.
May 12, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation to revisit and potentially reverse the FDA’s decision not to make the Plan B® contraceptive, or “Morning-After Pill, available over-the-counter (OTC) was announced today by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and has already been joined by four of her colleagues. 30 days after enactment of the legislation, the FDA Commissioner would be required to review his Plan B® decision and affirm that it is not based on politics, that it is based on sound science and that it conformed to FDA precedent. Maloney plans to introduce the legislation on Thursday.