Senate approves resolution allowing Duckworth to bring newborn on floor

After becoming the first senator to give birth while in office, Tammy Duckworth faces what millions of women around the world face: how to balance caring for their family while also thriving in their career. But a new Senate resolution just made it a whole lot easier for this new mom and democratic senator from Illinois.

According to The Hill, the Senate has approved a resolution to allow Sen. Duckworth to bring her baby on the floor, opening the door for any senator to “bring a child younger than one year of age onto the floor during votes.”

Because senators have to be physically present in the Senate chamber in order to vote, The Hill said Duckworth filed the resolution shortly after giving birth to her baby girl, and senators Amy Klombuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) quickly moved it out of committee. The resolution was eventually passed with unanimous consent.

“We are proud to have Senator Tammy Duckworth — working mom to a newborn —among our ranks and I’m glad the Rules Committee was able to swiftly make this historic rule change for her and future senators,” Klobuchar said in a statement, according to The Hill, with Blunt adding that “being a parent is a difficult job, and the Senate rules shouldn’t make it any harder.”

For Duckworth, the move may have larger implications beyond the Senate floor.

“The Senate is leading by example and sending the important message that working parents everywhere deserve family-friendly workplace policies,” she said in a statement. “These policies aren’t just a women’s issue, they are a common-sense economic issue.”

While changes like these to workplaces around the U.S. may not be on the horizon just yet, this resolution may just open the door for changes that provide family-friendly workplaces for all.

Women win big in Election 2016

There were a lot of firsts in Election 2016 — especially for women being elected to public office. According to Women in the World, “the number of women of color in the U.S. Senate quadrupled with victories in California, Illinois and Nevada.”

Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) won her Senate seat from incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk, reports ELLE. An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth joins Mazie Hirono of Hawaii as one of two Asian-American women in the Senate, says Women in the World. 

But Duckworth wasn’t the only woman to win a Senate seat this election. Women in the World reports that Kamala Harris beat out Loretta Sanchez in California, making her “the first black politician to represent California in the Senate and only the second black woman ever elected to the chamber,” according to ELLE.

Other women elected to Congress in a round of first include Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who ELLE reports became the first Latina elected to the Senate;  Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), who Women in the World says became the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress; and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who ELLE says is the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.

Congratulations to all!