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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NEW YORK – In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Ranking Democrat Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released a new report that found the economic security of two-thirds of American families depends upon a mother’s earnings, and that mothers typically contribute about 40 percent to their families’ overall income. The report also found that mothers face a “Mommy Tax,” whereby they are paid 3 percent less than women without children.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke out on the House floor against a Resolution of Disapproval that would overturn a Washington, DC law which bans discrimination by employers based on an employee’s reproductive health decisions. Maloney delivered the following remarks:
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is sounding the alarm on a new bill to overturn a Washington, DC law, which bans employers from firing their employees for their reproductive health decisions. On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark-up the bill.
WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation which would help close the wage gap between women and men working the same jobs. On average, women make just 78 cents for every dollar made by a man.
WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) spoke at the United Nations Beijing+20 Event on March 12, 2015. Her remarks as prepared follow:
Thank you Ellie, and thank you Kathy for inviting me.
It’s wonderful to see Peggy Kerry, and Bonnie Erbe from PBS, and I’m delighted that we are joined by our relatively new Global Ambassador for Women, Cathy Russell.
I was first elected to Congress in 1992, along with 47other women, in the so-called Year of the Woman.
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) this week introduced a resolution calling for the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This landmark international agreement, adopted by the United Nations in 1979, mandates that governments take positive steps toward the advancement of women and eradicate laws, customs, and practices that discriminate against women.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and a bipartisan coalition of other House members will soon introduce the House companion to the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which was today unveiled by a bipartisan group of eight Senators. Maloney introduced similar legislation in the 113th Congress with a bipartisan group of 18 House members.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in opposition to H.R. 7, legislation that would undermine access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
“Despite all the lectures from Republicans about how creating jobs and growing the economy should be the number one top priority for this congress, here we are again hammering away at a women’s right to control her own body and make choices about her own health care.
WASHINGTON – After 16 years of work, a bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum (H.R. 863/S. 398) will soon become law. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) hailed the achievement as a major victory for women.
In 2014, Congresswoman Maloney was proud to support several anti-human trafficking bills that passed the House of Representatives, including: