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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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.
May 7, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Late yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to go against the recommendation of an expert scientific panel and reject over-the-counter (OTC) status for the Plan B contraceptive, the so-called “Morning-After Pill.” In December of last year, the FDA Nonprescription Drugs and Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committees endorsed the idea of making Plan B available OTC by a 23-4 vote. Proponents of the OTC status, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) who has been outspoken in her criticism of the FDA, have been concerned that the FDA would bow to political pressure from the right wing.
Apr 29, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of Members of Congress and top women’s organizations joined together on Capitol Hill today to demand an apology from White House aide Karen Hughes for her comments on CNN last Sunday equating pro-choice values to terrorist values.
Apr 27, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - As over a million demonstrators exercised their right to free speech in a march on Washington Sunday, top Bush aide Karen Hughes was live on CNN comparing pro-choice Americans to terrorists. Rep Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), a staunch pro-choice Member of Congress who spoke at yesterday’s March for Women’s Lives, along with seven other Members of Congress who appeared on stage during the march, today sent a letter to President Bush calling for an apology for Hughes’s statement (PDF of letter).

Apr 1, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Justice (DOJ) today released a report estimating that there are approximately 169,000 rape cases nationwide with possible DNA evidence that remains untested. The Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act (HR 3214) – which contains provisions of the Debbie Smith Act that would expedite testing of the rape evidence kits – has bipartisan support and passed the House easily late last year is currently stalled in the Senate.

Apr 1, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which treats embryos and fetuses as separate people when charging crimes against pregnant women, was signed into law by President Bush today. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who has been outspoken in her opposition to the legislation, reacted strongly to the new law. Since the Republican party took control of Congress in 1995, Maloney has kept a scorecard of anti-choice actions, which can be found at the following link:

Mar 22, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Queens, Manhattan) who has worked to stop organized sex tour operations out of New York City and the entire country for four years, hailed today’s news that New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer had secured a criminal indictment of the owners of Big Apple Oriental Tours, based in Queens.