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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.

More on Women's Issues

Apr 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, released the following statement underscoring the importance of Black Maternal Health Week.

Apr 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – During Black Maternal Health Week, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S.

Apr 6, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, issued the following statement regarding newly released data showing that the U.S. maternal mortality rate increased in 2019. 

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Robin Kelly (IL-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Diana DeGette (CO-01) today led 35 of their House colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, asking the administration to establish a White House Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing (OSRHW) under the Domestic Policy Council.

Mar 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) held a virtual press conference to release the first-ever report on Black Women and Girls in America. 

Mar 2, 2021 Events

Please join Congresswoman Robin Kelly and three Black women CEO’s who are leading the efforts in Chicago to help women enter and sustain their place in the workforce for a virtual Women’s History Month Event as we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic recession on working women!

Monday, March 8, 2021, 5:30PM-7:00PM(CST)

Please click here to register in advance for this webinar.

Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kelly and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) reintroduced the bipartisan Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act, aimed at reducing maternal deaths in the United States.

The Act would help improve health outcomes for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid by establishing best practices for maternal care providers, and increasing information and resources to better monitor and treat at-risk pregnancies.

Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

Next week, Congresswomen Robin Kelly will announce the release of the first-ever report on Black Women and Girls in America, in conjunction with her co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Oct 6, 2020 In The News

This week the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Helping MOMS Act, legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

Sep 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Helping MOMS Act, legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

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