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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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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Chicago, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Symposium at Chicago State University to spotlight the occasion of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
“Equal pay is really a matter of economic security, for our families and entire nation,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Not only does the wage gap hurt women and their immediate families and communities, it hurts the overall economy by depressing the buying power of black families.”
What: Non-partisan Congressional Maternal Health Field Inquiry, in collaboration with Advocate Children’s Hospital. The field inquiry is intended to shine an urgent light on the status of women’s health in preparation for motherhood and after giving birth. The findings of the hearing will contribute to a larger federal reporting and factfinding efforts to bolster a national response to curtail maternal mortality and near deaths.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a free symposium featuring some of Chicago’s most dynamic woman professionals in finance, labor, marketing and human resources offering guidance on negotiating pay raises and advancement, and successfully branding your talent and your business. The symposium, “Power Moves: Strategies for Success,” takes place Thursday, August 22, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, at Chicago State University, in the Breakey Theater located in Douglas Hall, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago.
Matteson, IL – In advance on the second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, SELF magazine asked all of the 2020 Presidential candidates about their plans to tackle America’s growing maternal mortality crisis. To answer the question, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper cited the MOMMA’s Act, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly.
Rep. Robin Kelly wants to make it easier for businesses owned by minorities and women participating in federal government set-aside programs to get venture capital and private equity investments.
Under current rules, minority-and woman-owned businesses are required to have “unconditional” majority ownership in their companies to receive U.S. Small Business Administration certifications. The certifications enable them to compete for federal government contracts in government set-aside programs.