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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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Jun 5, 2018 In The News

A new bill has been introduced to Congress by Representative Robin Kelly, D-Illinois to help reverse America’s rising maternal mortality rate. Congresswoman Kelly presented the initiative in early May 2018 to help hundreds of women who die each year as a result of pregnancy.

The new initiative is called the Mothers and Offspring Mortality & Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act.

“Hundreds of American mothers are dying. It’s time for Congress to do something about It,” says Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

May 21, 2018 In The News

A new bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives is aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality rates.

Representative Robin Kelly introduced legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives that would give women who are on Medicaid longer periods of coverage to battle outrageously high rates of maternal and infant mortality in the country.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a leading health advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives, released this statement of the President Trump’s dangerous ‘Domestic Gag Rule’ that threatens the healthcare of millions of Americans:

“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is dangerous and unconstitutional. All Americans have a right to access reproductive healthcare and health information without government interference.

May 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, unveiled the MOMMA Act to reverse America’s rising maternal mortality rate.

“For decades, the global rate of women dying from, during and after childbirth has been steadily declining. At the same time, the number of American mothers dying has been increasing,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “Hundreds of American mothers are dying; it’s time for Congress to do something about it.”

May 9, 2018 In The News

A House bill introduced Wednesday would expand the amount of time that new moms could remain on Medicaid, in an effort to reduce the number of pregnancy or childbirth-related deaths.

"Too many mothers have died already," said Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who introduced the legislation. "Too many kids are growing up without a mother. Too many families are living a nightmare that doesn't end."

May 8, 2018 In The News

When is it appropriate to take risks? How do you overcome barriers? And, as a leader, how do you find balance?

May 5, 2018 Event

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls presents: South Suburban Women in Leadership: Defying the Odds

Join U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly as she hosts a conversation with dynamic South Suburban professional women of color about their ascent to leadership positions in their respective fields. A distinguished panel of women across the education, health, political and entrepreneurial sectors will share their stories of overcoming challenges of gender and racial inequality, while achieving great success.

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) sent a letter to Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. The letter requested clarifying information about Microsoft’s decision to eliminate forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases.

Oct 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a packed Congressional briefing on maternal health and mortality because American women are more likely to die from childbirth or childbirth complication than women in any other developed nation.

“In 2017, starting or growing your family shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

The event consisted of comments from families who’ve lost a loved one following childbirth.

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly again took to the House floor demanding a vote on bipartisan gun safety legislation to save American lives.

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