Committee History

2003: Treaty Stalled in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which must act to bring the International Treaty for the Rights of Women before the full Senate for a vote on ratification.

Overcrowded Senate Docket Prevented Ratification in 2002

The Senate adjourned in 2002 without time for a vote on ratification. The treaty reverted back to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of new chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) after Republicans gained control of the Senate in November 2002.

Oct. 8, 2002: Queen Noor Joined Sens. Biden/Boxer and More Than 170 Organizations to Support Treaty

Senators Barbara Boxer and Joseph Biden and renowned human rights leaders urged U.S. ratification of CEDAW at a Congressional briefing on Oct. 8, 2002. Speakers included: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations, Dr. William Schulz of Amnesty International USA, and Farida Azizi of the Afghan Women's Network. Click here to read the media advisory.

July 30, 2002: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes Favorably on Treaty

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted favorably on the Treaty for the Rights of Women by a vote of 12 to 7 on July 30, 2002.

Following is a list of votes by the 2002 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members:

Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE)—YES

Sen. George Allen (R-VA)—NO
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)—YES
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)—NO
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)—YES
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)—YES
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)—NO
Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI)—YES
Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)—NO
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)—NO
Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC)—NO
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)—YES
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)—NO
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)—YES
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)—YES
Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)—YES
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR)—YES
Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)—YES

June 13, 2002: Hearing

A hearing was held June 13, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Senate Dirksen Building in Room 419. Sen. Boxer, a long-time supporter of the Treaty and advocate for ratification, chaired the hearing.

Hearing Witnesses Included:

The Honorable Harold Hongju Koh
Professor, Yale Law School
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
New Haven, CT

The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC

The Honorable Juliette C. McLennan
Former U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Easton, MD

The Honorable Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC

The Honorable Constance A. Morella (R-MD)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC

Ms. Jane E. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Business and Professional Women/USA
Washington, DC

The Honorable Lynn C. Woolsey (D-CA)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC