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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

Mar 14, 2019 In The News

“Las madres están muriendo en este país. Cada año, perdemos más madres con la mortalidad maternal y es triste que sea más peligroso tener un bebé hoy que lo fuera hace 25 años”, comenzó la Congresista Robin Kelly. La Congresista Kelly, directora del Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust y miembro del subcomité de salud y la Congresista Sheila Jackson Lee hablaron rodeadas por doctores y abogados de salud fuera de U.S. Capitol.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

“Mommas are dying across this country. Every year, we lose more mommas to maternal mortality and it’s a sad fact that it’s more dangerous to have a baby today than it was 25 years ago,” began Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Congresswoman Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the health subcommittee, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke surrounded by medical doctors and health advocates outside the U.S. Capitol.

Feb 5, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, the President had an opportunity to lay out an agenda for all Americans. While many elements of his speech are deeply disturbing, I hope that we can find ways to work with the White House and Senate to deliver real results for the American people.

As with all things concerning President Trump, the question isn’t ‘what he said,’ rather ‘is that what he’s going to do?’ We’ll have to wait and see……

THE GOOD:

Oct 2, 2018 In The News

Charles Johnson never imagined he might lose his wife, Kira, during the birth of their second child.

This was a woman who was in good shape, he said. She ran marathons. And she was going to a well-respected hospital for a routine, scheduled C-section.

“We walked into Cedars-Sinai medical center on April 12 of 2016 with a woman who was not just in good health, she was in exceptional health," Johnson testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week. "We went in for what was supposed to be the happiest days of our lives and walked right into a nightmare."

Aug 29, 2018 In The News

When I was a child, my parents talked to me about the importance of paying bills on time, maintaining good credit. And saving.

Today, too many African-American girls aren’t learning about money matters. While I value the important financial lessons my parents taught me, I also recognize their advice was limited, based on their experiences and knowledge.

Aug 6, 2018 Editorial

One thing is clear from USA TODAY’s investigation “Deadly deliveries”: We need enforceable care protocols.

Jul 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today pressed Governor Bruce Rauner on what steps his Administration is currently taking—or plans to take—to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Illinois, as well as to reduce the stark racial disparities.

Jul 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today led 23 Senators and 11 U.S.

Jul 9, 2018 In The News

In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast.

When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown into a stage 2 tumor.

King, 59, is not alone. Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with neighborhood than race, according to a new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analysis.

Jun 20, 2018 Editorial

Black mothers are dying and it’s time to do something about it.

Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable.

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