Carolyn B. Maloney

A forceful voice in Washington

Carolyn Maloney

The Junior League of the City of New York

Causes/Issue Area(s): women’s equality, human trafficking, child welfare, economic & national security

Honors/Achievements: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Carolyn Maloney has achieved a series of firsts for women in politics. She was the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Council district (and the first woman to give birth while serving on that body). She was the first woman to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District and the first woman to chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues.

Today, the New York Junior League member is recognized for her focus on issues ranging from financial services and the economy to national security.

She is also recognized for her toughness. Time magazine described her as a “tenacious, resilient legislator,” while The New York Sun said, “Her entire career has been marked by a kind of personal courage.”

Carolyn has also brought that focus and toughness to bear on women’s issues. Among her accomplishments are:

  • Helping to pass legislation that targets the “demand” side of sex trafficking
  • Legislation that provides annual mammograms for women on Medicare
  • The Debbie Smith Act, which increases funding for law enforcement to process DNA rape kits
  • Legislation to create Women’s Health Offices in five federal agencies, which was part of the health care reform legislation signed by President Obama
  • The Breastfeeding Promotion Act to protect breastfeeding in the workplace under civil rights law and make it illegal for women to lose their jobs or otherwise be discriminated against for expressing milk during lunchtime or on breaks
  • Advocating for international women's health and family planning programs supported by the United Nations Population Fund
  • Advocating for legislation that would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a comprehensive comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations to rebut claims of a link between autism and vaccine components

Her interest to health and wellness issues extends to other areas as well. In addition to being a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Working Group on Parkinson's Disease, she serves on the boards of the Michael Stern Parkinson's Research Foundation and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.