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Newborn baby makes history in the US Senate chambers

TAMMY DUCKWORTH
Alex Wong | GETTY IMAGES NORTH CAROLINA | AFP
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Senator and mom Tammy Duckworth took advantage of a new law just one day after it was approved.

In unanimous agreement, the U.S. Senate recently approved a rule change allowing infants into the Senate chambers, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth didn’t waste any time taking advantage of it. Just one day later, she brought her 10-day-old baby girl, Maile, with her to work.

Maile was born on April 9 and has already made her mark on history as the first infant to appear on the floor of the Senate.

Duckworth lauded the new rule change, saying, “Family-friendly workplace policies aren’t just a women’s issue, they are a common sense economic issue.”

With so many mothers who work in politics bringing their babies with them to work, there will hopefully be a new push to make these changes acceptable across other professions, as well. As Sen. Duckworth said, a workplace that welcomes new mothers is a workplace that can better benefit its employees and our society as a whole.

Fun fact: To honor the long-standing congressional dress code, Duckworth made sure baby Maile was wearing a tiny jacket over her onesie.

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