On Monday, Tammy Duckworth became the first person to give birth while working as a US senator. The senator reported that she’d had a baby girl, named Maile Pearl.
Ms. Duckworth has been working to create laws to make the lives of parents easier. Earlier this year she started a bill to make it easier for mothers to feed their babies in airports. Congress is still deciding whether this bill will become a law.
When she was asked how she felt about being the first woman to give birth while working as a Senator, Ms. Duckworth said, “I can’t believe it took until 2018.”
Senator Duckworth, who was a helicopter pilot for the Army, lost both legs in Iraq in 2004. In 2012, she became the first disabled woman elected to the US House of Representatives . Ms. Duckworth had her first child, Abigail, in 2014, when she was working as a representative from Illinois.
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