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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MATTESON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) announced that the Illinois Department of Labor was awarded a $350,000 federal grant to partner with Women Employed to raise awareness about pay equity and pay transparency standards among women workers, particularly low-wage women of color.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today voted to favorably report the Build Back Better Act out of the Energy and Commerce committee. The legislation will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Reps. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) today released the following statement regarding the collapse of Afghanistan’s government:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, will host a symposium titled “When Black Women Touch Medicine, We Heal the World” on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 8:30AM at House of Hope in Chicago.
The event will feature several panel-style discussions with distinguished Black women in healthcare and will focus both on Black women’s contributions in healthcare and the future of Black women in medicine.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Robin L.
Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2021) - Today, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), and Robin Kelly (IL-02) sent a letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in response to the high level of scrutiny and penalization that has disproportionately impacted Black women during the 2021 Summer Olympic Games trials.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s bill, H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, passed out of markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Kelly introduced the bipartisan legislation in July along with Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, and Republican colleagues Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Michael Burgess of Texas and Bob Latta of Ohio. This bill will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly has introduced H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (MHQIA), aimed at reducing the alarming rate of maternal deaths in America and saving mothers’ lives.
In the United States, there is an estimated 700 pregnancy-related deaths per year and 60 percent of these are considered preventable. The crisis is most severe for Black mothers in America, who are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts.
WASHINGTON, DC – 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, today re-introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality & Morbidity Awareness Act, or MOMMA’s Act, to address the maternal health crisis. The bill was re-introduced with 25 original cosponsors.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today introduced the bipartisan Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act, or the Helping MOMS Act, to permanently expand Medicaid coverage for postpartum care and combat the growing maternal mortality crisis. The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16).