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Tammy Duckworth Will Spend Her "Maternity Leave" Fighting The Patriarchy

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Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 115th Congress
Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 115th Congress
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth will soon become the first sitting U.S. senator in history to give birth, but making history means her workplace isn't quite ready to accommodate her new role. Duckworth is challenging Senate maternity leave rules that simultaneously make it difficult for parents to go on leave or continue working. The Illinois Democrat told POLITICO's  Women Rule podcast  she won't officially take her office's 12 weeks of paid maternity leave because she wouldn't be allowed to vote or sponsor legislation for the entire 3-month period — '"it's going to change some Senate rules," she said. The senator also explained that she's trying to come up with a way she can continue voting while taking care of her newborn; she's due in April. You can sign a petition to support Duckworth and all new mothers here.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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