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

Jun 27, 2016 Press Release
In a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to meet surgical center standards constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, a tireless advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choice, and lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling:
May 16, 2016 Press Release

Following the Supreme Court’s decision today to refer Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts to try to find a solution that supports both the Obama administration and the plaintiffs, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

May 9, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK  –  Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney celebrated the signing of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act into law at the offices of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), located in her district. Rep. Maloney was joined by the President and CEO of BCRF Myra Biblowit, BCRF Honorary Chair Leonard Lauder, BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton, BCRF Chief Mission Officer Dr. Marc Hurlbert and breast cancer survivors to commemorate the signing. President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R.

May 9, 2016 In The News

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials are developing a new, pink commemorative coin to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research, said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored legislation for its creation.

The New York Democrat tells The Associated Press that federal officials will hold a contest to pick artwork that will be displayed on the coin, which is expected to be released in 2018.

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Senate passed the bipartisan Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722) by unanimous consent yesterday evening, providing a new avenue to raise private funds for breast cancer medical research. The bill, introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32) in the House and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in the Senate, will create a commemorative coin program at the U.S.

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) applauded today’s news from the Treasury announcing that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill and be joined by five suffragettes, that Harriet Tubman will be placed on the new $20 bill and that the new $5 bill will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and other key moments in our nation’s history. She released the following statement:

Apr 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Obama’s announcement today that he will designate the Sewall-Belmont House, the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party since 1929, as a national monument known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Apr 8, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a new report today offering a fresh perspective on the frequently referenced fact that a woman working full time, year-round earns only 79 percent of what a man earns. The report, Gender Pay Inequality: Consequences for Women, Families and the Economy, comes in advance of this year’s Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 12.

Mar 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The United States Chamber of Commerce today offered its support for a bill to encourage gender diversity on corporate boards of publicly traded companies. The Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act (H.R. 4718) introduced last week by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) would establish a diversity advisory group at the Securities and Exchange Commission made up of representatives of different stakeholders which would study and issue a report on gender diversity among corporate directors.

Mar 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON  – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement marking the annual celebration of March as Women’s History Month – a commemoration that has occurred in America since 1987.

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