Things We Saw Today: Sen. Tammy Duckworth Just Became the First Sitting Senator to Give Birth While in Office
Tammy Duckworth is an American badass. She was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois. She’s also the first disabled woman to be elected to Congress, having lost both of her legs in the Iraq War. She coined the term “Cadet Bone Spurs” in criticizing Trump’s “baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.” And now, she’s become the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.
She announced her pregnancy back in January, with a reminder that working mothers are not a fringe group.
Thank you for the outpouring of congratulations and support. I’m hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and my daughter Abigail has only made me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 24, 2018
Today she gave birth to her second daughter, Maile Pearl, with a statement that read “Parenthood isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue and one that affects all parents—men and women alike.”
NEW: Sen. Tammy Duckworth gives birth to second daughter, Maile Pearl, becoming first senator to give birth while in office.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 9, 2018
There are plenty of trolls, of course, who still think that motherhood is incompatible with politics, or any other career for that matter. Those people don’t know Tammy Duckworth (or, I’m guessing, many women at all).
This morning: Sen. Duckworth calls for investigation into whether EPA violated law in giving raises to 2 of Scott Pruitt’s aideshttps://t.co/5K4Vl1ijAg
Later today: She gives birth to daughter, a first for a setting senatorhttps://t.co/keIU52Hvgd
— Dino Grandoni (@dino_grandoni) April 9, 2018
Congratulations, Senator Duckworth!
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- Taika Waititi is speaking out about the racism in his home country of New Zealand. He says it’s “racist as fuck.” (via NewsHub)
- A protester was arrested outside the courthouse where Bill Cosby appeared for trial today. The woman (who happens to have been a child actor on numerous episodes of The Cosby Show) was topless, with the names of Cosby’s accusers, as well as the words “women’s lives matter” painted on her body. As you can imagine, the pictures of her are powerful (though probably NSFW). (via Jezebel)
What did you all see out there today?
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