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When our nation was founded, I would not have been able to vote or serve in Congress because I’m a woman. In the years since our founding, we’ve come a long way toward ensuring equality for all Americans, regardless of their sex or gender. However, true and lasting equality remains elusive. Women are still paid less for doing the same job as men; women-owned businesses have reduced access to capital. The Equal Rights Amendment has still not been enshrined in the Constitution and politicians are still trying to tell women what healthcare they can and cannot receive. This is wrong.

As Congress continues working to ensure equal rights and protections for women, my priorities are:

  • Keeping politicians out of the doctor’s office so women can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families,
  • Repealing the discriminatory Hyde Amendment,
  • Increasing resources and services for domestic violence survivors, including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),
  • Expanding access to capital for women-owned businesses,
  • Ensuring a fair day’s work received a fair and equal day’s pay, and
  • Inspiring young women to reach for the stars through STEM careers.

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Mar 9, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Black Women and Girls forum to address the epidemic of missing women and girls in the Chicago area.

The free interactive forum, “My Sister’s Keeper,” will take place Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chicagoland Christian Center (929 E. 103rd Street, Chicago).

Co-chaired and co-founded by Congresswoman Kelly, the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls specifically addresses the needs of black women and girls, their families and their communities.

Feb 18, 2020 In The News

Black women are up to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts. This horrifying statistic has, at this point, become a household fact, following the past few election cycles – including more recently the presidential elections where many candidates have pushed forward their own policy plans to solve the issue.

Feb 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Members of the Illinois delegation wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services endorsing the state’s waiver request to expand care access to new moms for the entire postpartum period.

In endorsing the waiver request, they wrote: “Illinois’ waiver request demonstrates innovative solutions to the maternal mortality crisis and embodies the intent of Congress in creating the Medicaid program to provide medical assistance to our nation’s most vulnerable populations.”

Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) wrote to newly confirmed SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza, regarding burdensome rules governing the SBA’s 8(a) and 8(m) programs, programs designed to empower socially and economically disadvantaged business owners.

Jan 17, 2020 In The News

A bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation on Jan. 16 that would use broadband service data mapping to identify areas of the country where high rates of poor maternal health overlap with a lack of broadband service access.

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., introduced the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act.

Dec 3, 2019 In The News

The United States is the only developed nation where the overall maternal mortality rate is on the rise, and black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. In Illinois, the racial disparity is even worse.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly sat down with Reset to talk about the Helping MOMS Act of 2019, a bill she’s sponsoring to address maternal health issues.

On why she’s pushing to improve maternal health

Sep 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on America’s alarming maternal mortality rate and legislation designed to address this growing crisis. The Subcommittee examined four bills, including Congresswoman Kelly’s MOMMA’s Act.

Sep 3, 2019 In The News

A south suburban congresswoman wants to stop American mothers from dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

“We’ve already lost too many mothers to this crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd District) “It’s incumbent upon us to honor their lives with action — action that will prevent another mother from needlessly dying or another family from being torn apart.”

Aug 28, 2019 In The News

To Heidi House, the celebration of her toddler son’s birthday Sunday was almost miraculous.

That’s because House said she went into cardiac arrest at a downstate hospital when she was in labor two years ago.

Aug 22, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL – This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly convened a non-partisan Congressional Maternal Health Field Inquiry, in collaboration with Advocate Children’s Hospital, to shine an urgent light on the rising rate of American mothers dying from pregnancy and childbirth. The inquiry’s findings will contribute to larger federal reporting and fact-finding efforts to craft a national response to America’s shocking and growing maternal morality rate.

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