American Honoree

United States Congress

New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is a national leader with extensive accomplishments in security, financial services, the economy and women’s issues. She is a champion of UNFPA and fights consistently to protect women’s reproductive health and rights worldwide.

Maloney began her career as a teacher and administrator for the New York City Board of Education. She went on to work for the New York State legislature and held senior positions in the State Assembly and State Senate. In 1982, Maloney ran for public office and defeated an incumbent to win a seat on the New York City Council.

The first Council member to give birth while in office, Maloney was also the first to offer a comprehensive package of legislation to make day care more available and affordable. She has cochaired the Women’s Caucus and emphasized funding for women’s health, reproductive freedom, and international family planning. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Maloney fought to restore the U.S. contribution to UNFPA ever since the Administration began withholding funding. In 2002, she succeeded in increasing funding for UNFPA to $34 million, a $12.5 million increase from the previous fiscal year, and has proposed legislation to guarantee funding for UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula. Her leadership and partnership generates allies, attention and support for UNFPA.