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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

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.

May 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced H.R. 2408, the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act, which ensures that children, specifically young girls, are able to receive an education when displaced by conflicts overseas.

Feb 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – For President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congresswoman Robin Kelly will be joined by a member of the media and a leader in the fight to protect women’s access to healthcare.

“My guests are leaders in the opposition to the Republicans’ War on Women and the President’s War on the First Amendment,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “Our nation is at a critical crossroads. I could not think of two more appropriate guests for this vital moment in our history.”

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