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
For other legislation and related issues click here.
More on Women's Issues
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today reintroduced legislation that would assist the estimated two million women worldwide suffering from obstetric fistula – a preventable and treatable condition resulting from prolonged labor in the absence of skilled medical assistance. The Congresswoman has introduced some iteration of The Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act since 2004.
New York, NY -- Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement in response to Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings’ letter to Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hagan.
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, today took to the House floor to speak against H.R. 4712 Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a Republican anti-choice bill, and urged her colleagues to vote against this attempt to keep doctors from giving care to their patients and women from making their own health decisions, a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Congresswoman, in addressing her colleagues, stated:
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) President Myra Biblowit, BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton, and others including breast cancer survivors at the United States Mint West Point Facility to strike the first Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin. This commemorative three-coin program includes the first coin the U.S. Mint will issue in “pink gold,” a unique formula created especially in recognition of the color most closely associated with the fight against breast cancer.
WASHINGTON — A three-member board meant to settle disputes between federal workers and their direct employers remains unable to function because two of its politically appointed slots remain unfilled, creating a backlog of unsettled claims that could take years to address.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3317, Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act; legislation introduced by Congressman Dave Trott (R-MI) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) to increase the federal penalty for female genital mutilation from 5 years to 15 years in prison and to encourage states to improve reporting requirements for suspected female genital mutilation. Following the bill’s passage, Rep. Maloney released the following statement:
WASHINGTON — Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment.
As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the “me too” movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections against sexual discrimination.
NEW YORK, NY— Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) joined student leaders and advocates to seek new ways to tackle the inadequate sexual assault reporting processes currently employed on college campuses nationwide. The members announced a new effort to track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey and discussed ways to combat the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of Title IX protections for student victims. Sexual assault is a pervasive problem all students contend with during their tenure on campus.