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The First Sitting Senator to Give Birth While in Office Is Working to Change U.S. Parental Leave Laws

Tammy Duckworth is a woman of many firsts, and she's currently exposing the sexism of U.S. politics.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a news conference about resisting the Trump Administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with at the U.S. Capitol July 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Citing no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, Duckworth said the commission is an attempt at voter suppression and a threat to cyber security for America's 200 million registered voters. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trailblazing Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who on Monday gave birth to a daughter and became the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office, is a woman of many “firsts.” Duckworth is the first disabled female (and only the second female Asian American) to serve in the Senate. As an Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot, she also is one of the first women to have flown combat missions. She lost both legs and significant functionality of her right arm when her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade during a mission in Iraq.

And now, with the birth of her second child, Maile, Duckworth may be in line to chalk up another “first:” the first U.S. senator to be able to take her baby onto the Senate floor while the chamber is in session.

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