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
By Patrick Temple-West
01/04/2016 04:05 PM EDT
The SEC should require companies to report more about gender diversity among their board directors amid new evidence that there is still a small number of women serving in these roles, Rep. Carolyn Maloney said today.
By Lydia Wheeler - 01/04/16 03:26 PM EST
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wants to force publicly traded companies to disclose the gender, race and ethnicity of their board nominees when soliciting shareholder votes.
In a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White on Monday, Maloney applauded the the agency’s challenge to all Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies to set a target of 40 percent women on their corporate boards by 2025.
By Rob Tricchinelli | January 4, 2016 7:58PM ET
Key Development: Women lag behind men in corporate board representation, according to a new GAO study.
Takeaway: A top House Democrat is pushing a legislative measure that would get the Securities and Exchange Commission involved by requiring companies to report their strategies for recruiting more women into top corporate positions, both on boards and in senior management.
The share of women on corporate board seats among hundreds of the country’s biggest corporations has doubled over the last 17 years. But even if the rate of change significantly increased, it will take decades until women reach equality.
January 4, 2016
Mary Jo White
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC 20549
Dear Chair White:
I applaud your recent challenge to all Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies to set a target of 40 percent women on their corporate boards by 2025. Like you, I believe this goal is ambitious but within reach, and an imperative for American businesses to succeed in the decades to come.
NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today 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.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Alma S. Adams (NC-12), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) today applauded a new provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will help prevent dating and relationship violence. The provision, included in the bill at the urging of the members, is part of a grant program to promote safe and healthy students.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today reintroduced legislation to assist the more than two million women worldwide suffering from obstetric fistula – a preventable and treatable condition resulting from prolonged labor without medical attention.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today voted against measure to create a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. Maloney spoke in opposition on the floor of the House and released the following statement: