It’s a Girl for Tammy Duckworth
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday became the first Senator to give birth while in office. Duckworth and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, welcomed daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey. The baby’s name holds special significance: former Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka blessed her name before he passed. In a statement, Duckworth said, “Bryan, Abigail [Duckworth’s older daughter] 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.” Duckworth continued: “Parenthood isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue and one that affects all parents—men and women alike. As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I’m hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and my children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere.” Duckworth is one of only 10 women in U.S. history to give birth while in Congress, with the others serving in the House of Representatives. Congrats Senator! More here.