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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

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. 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 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 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.

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.

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