New York State boasts a rich history and a proud legacy of courageous women who have blazed trails and shattered ceilings in the fight for equal rights. As a society, we have made incredible strides in the fight for equality but unfortunately, the gender bias of the Republican party is creating new barriers and challenges for women and threatens to roll back many of the most essential protections and rights of women in our country.

In Congress, Joe has established himself as a strong ally in the fight to protect the rights of all women. He has taken action to defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, to enshrine women’s equality in our nation’s Constitution, to bolster resources and protections for survivors of domestic violence, and to secure pay equality for women in the workplace.

In Congress Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation:

HR The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act
Ensures women enrolled in government health insurance plans have coverage for abortion care.


HR 2975 The Women’s Health Protection Act
Would guarantee a woman’s right to access an abortion and the right of medical providers to provide these services.


HR 2178 The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act
Would eliminate waiting periods for disability insurance and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer.


HR 7 The Paycheck Fairness Act
Would amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to ensure equal pay for equal work of all Americans.


HR 1585 The Violence Against Women Act
Would strengthen programs and increase resources for survivors of domestic violence.


HR 511 The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act
Would close the loophole that allows dangerous dating abusers, stalkers and those subject to ex parte protective orders to obtain a firearm.


HR  569 The Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act
Extends domestic violence protections to include “dating partners” or others “similarly situated to a spouse” and makes it illegal for convicted stalkers to own a firearm.


HJ Res 35 The Equal Rights Amendment
Would enshrine women’s equality in the Constitution by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex.