Women's Rights

I am proud and honored to represent a district with a rich history of fighting for women’s equality. From Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Louise Slaughter, we have made incredible strides in the fight for women’s rights  but there is so much more to be done. 

Women are facing serious threats to their basic and essential rights all across the country. We see draconian policies threatening access to healthcare and dictating what a woman can and can’t do with her body, continued resistance to closing the pay equity gap, and a failure to fully fund the Violence Against Women Act, which provides critical services for survivors of domestic violence. 

This is not acceptable.

Many obstacles lie ahead, but I will fight tirelessly to protect and uphold the essential rights all women deserve. That’s why I have supported: 


H.R. 7 The Paycheck Fairness Act​

To help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make critical updates to the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

H.R. 1585 The Violence Against Women Act of 2019

To help prevent, bolster resources, and bring justice to survivors of domestic violence.

H.R. The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act

To close the Temporary Retraining Order loophole, the "Boyfriend" loophole, and the Stalking loophole.

H.R. 569 The Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act

To protect survivors of dating violence and stalking by closing loopholes. 

H.R. 1692 The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH) Woman Act

To ensure women enrolled in government health insurance plans have coverage for abortion care.

H.R. 1587 The Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act

To direct the Department of State to restore the practice of including critical information on reproductive rights in its annual human rights report. 

H.R. 2975 The Women's Health Protection Act

To guarantee a pregnant woman's right to access an abortion, and the right of a provider to deliver these abortion services free from medically unnecssary restrictions that interfere with the patient's individual choice or the provider-patient relationship.

H.J. Res. 35 The Equal Rights Amendment

To enshrine women's equality in the Constitution by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. 

H.R. 2178 The Metastatic Breat Cancer Access to Care Act

To amend Title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the waiting periods for disability insurance and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer. 

H.R. 3082 The Woman on the Twenty Act

To honor the legacy of one America's most historically significant figures, Harriet Tubman, by placing her portrait on the $20 bill and removing the portrait of President Andrew Jackson. 

Note: The outlined legislation above was introduced during the 116th Congress.


I will continue fighting alongside women in NY-25 and across the country to ensure they have the fundamental rights and protections they deserve. It is the essential American promise that every single person is treated equally, with respect and integrity  and I will never stop fighting until it is a reality.

More on Women's Rights

September 25, 2021 Press Release

(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle was joined by local advocates and elected officials at Susan B. Anthony Square to announce action he has taken to protect and strengthen women's healthcare by passing the Women's Health Protection Act. The bill, which Rep. Morelle co-sponsors, seeks to stop oppressive state laws restricting women’s access to reproductive health services. At the event, Rep.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), implementing critical protections and support to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Rep. Morelle is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan legislation.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted in support of H.J. Res. 17, which would remove the arbitrary expiration date that has prevented the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment into the Constitution. Congressman Morelle co-sponsors the resolution which would enshrine critical rights and protections for women everywhere.

March 8, 2021 Press Release

March 8, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle led a group of colleagues in announcing the reintroduction of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act. This legislation directs the production of a commemorative coin, the proceeds of which will go towards an endowment fund to provide long-term financing for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s operations.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle sent the attached letter urging Melinda Gates to select Rochester, New York as the next Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities investment. Recently, Ms. Gates announced that Pivotal Ventures would select three U.S. cities to receive $50 million in an initiative to elevate women in technology.


September 18, 2019 Press Release

(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that $600,000 in funding has been awarded to The Legal Aid Society of Rochester to support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The funding is made available through the Violence Against Women Act.