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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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Aug 16, 2019 Press Release

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.

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Aug 15, 2019 Press Release

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.

Jul 30, 2019 In The News

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.

Jul 30, 2019 Press Release

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.

Jul 17, 2019 In The News

On July 9, 2019, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Women and Minority Equity Investment Act (H.R. 3633); the legislation will make a commonsense tweak to existing Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that will expand venture capital access for participating business owners and companies.

Jul 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Women and Minority Equity Investment Act (H.R. 3633); the legislation will make a commonsense tweak to existing Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that will expand venture capital access for participating business owners and companies.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and author of the MOMMAs Act, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee.

“As a momma, my heart goes out to those families who have lost their momma,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “Starting or growing one’s family shouldn’t cost a mother of color her life. All mommas deserve a chance to be a momma. Together, we can make sure this is always the case…”

May 10, 2019 Editorial

This weekend, we celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and all the women who love and nurture us.

There will be brunches and mimosas, cards and flowers, backyard BBQs and fancy dinners. It might just be a quick call saying, “Hey mom, I love you.” Each family will be celebrating their moms in their own special way.

For many of us, the days of spending this holiday with our moms have sadly passed. So, we look back with fondest and some sadness while knowing we are still loved by her even if she’s gone.

May 6, 2019 Press Release

In celebration of Mothers’ Day, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls event at the Matteson Holiday Inn honoring African American mothers and highlighting issues affecting their health and families.

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL02), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA’s) Act in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

The legislation seeks to reduce America’s rising maternal mortality rate. On average, maternal mortality claims the lives of 700 American moms each year.

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