Senator Tammy Duckworth Becomes First Sitting Senator to Give Birth While In Office
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Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, has become the first sitting senator to give birth while in office. Being both titles “Senator” and “Mommy” are nothing new to Senator Duckworth as she already had a little girl and now she has added another girl to the family. Senator Duckworth announced the birth on Twitter :
“Bryan, Abigail and I couldn’t be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family and we’re deeply honored that our good friend Senator Akaka was able to bless her name for us—his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us”
Senator Duckworth, 50, is the first member of Congress to be born in Thailand. She is also a veteran that lost both of her legs in combat in Iraq making her the first disabled female to serve in Congress. Leave it to Senator Duckworth to shatter another glass ceiling.
Senator Duckworth is taking 12 weeks to bond with her newborn but will be staying in D.C. so that she may vote as needed. She is dedicated to representing the state of Illinois even though we know how tiring the few weeks of a child’s birth can be.
This is a major win for women of all ages. While I disagree with her politically, Senator Duckworth is serving as a role model to many. She is showing that being a mother isn’t a burden and teaches working mothers that they can be moms and diligent employees. Many women fear going into politics under certain ages because they fear that getting pregnant, having the child, and raising their kids will prevent them from being able to effectively do their job. This is simply untrue.
Just recently I wrote an article on Megan Jones, an Iowa State Representative, who brings her newborn to work with her on the floor of the Iowa State House. More and more women are entering the political world, many winning their elections. They should never be worried that having a child could cost them their jobs or prevent them from achieving their goals.
Being a mother takes a lot of energy and with politics on top of that, I can be sure that Senator Duckworth will not have a minute of rest. Women are capable of anything, especially balancing motherhood with their passions or work.
We congratulate Senator Duckworth on the birth of her baby and we appreciate her service to our country both in the US Army and the US Senate.
“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” –Ani DiFranco
FFL Cabinet Member