Women's Issues

As the father of four daughters, one of my highest priorities is ensuring that they and all women have equal opportunity and parity in terms of education, employment opportunities, and equal pay. It is time to acknowledge the simple fact that women’s rights are human rights, and we must use this approach as we address the pressing issues facing women today.

We must protect women’s fundamental rights, ensure that women are treated equally in our society, and work to support women in the developing world. Healthcare, reproductive justice, workplace fairness, working to end domestic violence, and international aid programs are all critical elements to accomplishing these goals.

Sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking shouldn’t be partisan issues. This is about standing with the women of this country, increasing their safety, and bringing perpetrators to justice. I was proud to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which President Obama signed into law in March. This law renews successful violence prevention programs and will improve the efficiency of lifesaving services.

I am also an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377), which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and close gaps in the law that have allowed discriminatory pay practices to continue. There is simply no excuse for allowing wage discrimination to continue to harm workers and families.

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Oct 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. John K. Delaney (MD-06) and Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced H.R. 7103, the Suicide Prevention Analytics Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the gap in data reporting as it relates to self-harm and suicidal behavior. This pilot program will help improve the compilation and sharing of near real-time suicidal behavior information among care providers, prevention experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) sent a letter to Chairman Tom Cole (OK-5) and Ranking Member Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-5) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies applauding the bipartisan effort to address the mental health crisis in our country. In the letter, also signed by Reps.

Sep 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) reacted to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a pay freeze for federal employees:

“Millions of families and hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be hurt by this decision, and I stand with my fellow members of Congress to push back against this decision. That’s why I was an original cosponsor of the FAIR Act (H.R. 4775), which would provide a 3 percent pay increase for the federal workforce in FY2019.

Jun 22, 2018


WASHINGTON – Over the past two weeks, the House of Representatives passed nearly 60 opioid-related pieces of legislation, including today’s bipartisan package, H.R. 6, Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.”

Mar 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – Since 1987, Congress has designated March as Women’s History Month. This month, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) cosponsored H. Res 629, a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Women’s History Month by honoring women in public service and government. Women’s History Month recognizes women who have helped to make the United States what it is today, from the pioneers who fought for equal voting rights to those who shattered glass ceilings in our workforce. Each day this Month extraordinary women from Maryland will be highlighted on Rep.

Apr 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on prevention. SAAM was first observed nationally in 2001. In 2009, the month was recognized by presidential proclamation for the first time. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, 18% of women reported being raped in their lifetime.


Mar 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was reintroduced today by Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3). The Paycheck Fairness Act is designed to address the wage gap between men and women and strengthen the Equal Pay Act so that women receive equal pay for equal work.


Sep 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – September 13 marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. In addition to providing funding towards the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, VAWA increased services available to victims, created a national domestic violence hotline and directed all states to recognize and enforce protection orders issued by other jurisdictions. Subsequent reauthorizations of the law have also included tougher penalties for federal domestic violence and stalking crimes.   


Aug 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted a panel discussion Wednesday on the challenges faced by women in the workforce. The panel brought together experts from national nonprofit organizations, local elected officials, federal agency representatives and Sixth District constituents to discuss barriers that continue to hinder women’s professional development and success. The panel took place at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus.

Aug 26, 2014

WASHINGTON – August 26, 2014 is Women’s Equality Day, a date marking the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and congressional certification. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement: