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

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.


Mar 9, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Mark Green (R-WI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) were joined by thirty of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Minority Leader Daschle asking them to schedule H.R. 3214, the “Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003,” for a vote in the Senate as soon as possible (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/DebbieSmith/030904DebbieSmithSenate.pdf). The legislation, which will bring long overdue justice to rape victims and their families, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly on November 5, 2003, by a vote of 357-67 and was endorsed by a bipartisan group of Senators in an introductory press conference in the fall.

Feb 26, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The House of Representatives today passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997), which would treat harming a fertilized egg the same as harming a human. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill and former Chair of the House Women's Caucus who spoke multiple times during the floor debate, issued the following statement:

Nov 5, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) joined her colleagues in passing H.R. 3214, the "Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003." The legislation, which will bring long overdue justice to rape victims and their families, passed the House of Representatives by the overwhelming vote of 357-67.
Nov 5, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Bush will sign into law legislation criminalizing safe abortion procedures (the so-called "partial-birth" abortion ban). In doing so, he becomes the first president to recriminalize abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Oct 3, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congress took a giant step towards the arrest and conviction of thousands of rapists who will be caught through the improved use of DNA technology this week. Debbie Smith, a rape survivor and advocate for stronger use of DNA evidence in sexual assault investigations, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), the original author of "The Debbie Smith Act," joined Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Joseph Biden (DE), and Patrick Leahy (VT), and Reps. James Sensenbrenner (WI-05), William Delahunt (MA-10), Ray LaHood (IL-18), and John Conyers (MI-14) on October 1, 2003 to announce the introduction of the "Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003." The bipartisan legislation will ensure that DNA evidence is used to send rapists to prison and to protect the innocent from wrongful convictions.
Jul 17, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Debbie Smith, a rape survivor, testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security about the importance of DNA evidence in finding the man who brutally raped her.
Jun 11, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - A bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-27) would eliminate tax write-offs for corporations that use the 24 all-male golf clubs in the United States clubs for business purposes. Martha Burk, Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations and critic of Augusta National Golf Club for its discriminatory policies, has worked closely with Reps. Maloney and Sherman, and she joined them today to announce the bill's introduction.