Sen. Tammy Duckworth Is a Model for How You Can Make Change In the Workplace
Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth has regularly made history throughout her political career. The Iraq War veteran was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the United States Congress, the first member of U.S. Congress born in Thailand and as of this month, became the first sitting senator to give birth while in office.
Ahead of her first vote since her daughter Maile Pearl was born, Duckworth put forth the first bill of its kind that would allow babies on the Senate floor, which, despite questions from older members of the governing body -- notably Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch asking, “What if there were 10 babies on the Senate floor? -- was passed unanimously, with support from both sides of the aisle.
I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, particularly Senator Klobuchar, @RoyBlunt & @SenatorDurbin, for helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work → https://t.co/jOm9BITC6n pic.twitter.com/XR55Dt8XKL— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 18, 2018
There are currently only 22 women serving in the Senate. And it was only in recent years that female senators were allowed into the Senate pool because a couple of their male colleagues preferred to swim in the nude. There is also an ongoing push from the female senators to update 20-year-old legislation regarding the handling of sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.
Clearly, the hallowed halls of Congress is not the most forward thinking of workplaces, but anyone can make change in their workplace like Duckworth did by simply refusing to do something because that is the way things have always been done.
I may have to vote today, so Maile’s outfit is prepped. I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers). I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready pic.twitter.com/SsNHEuSVnY— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 19, 2018