My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Everyone has a mom, as a post-adoption search specialist, people I work with may have more than one – a mom who selected them through adoption and a birth mother. One way or another, Mother’s Day can be a very special day for moms and their children, whether they are newborns, or, well, my age!
In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to focus on a milestone that was set last month. Tammy Duckworth became the first U.S Senator to give birth while in office, almost 100 years after the first woman served in the U.S. Senate.
Just a few facts about women and the U.S. Senate:
- The first woman to serve was Rebecca Latimer Felton, by appointment, in 1922.
- Hattie Wyatt Caraway was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1931, caused by the death of her husband, and was elected to the seat in 1932. She was the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
- In all, since 1922, 50 women have served in the United States Senate, 33 Democrats and 17 Republicans.
- There are currently 21 women in the Senate, 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans.
Some things that make Senator Duckworth and mom to her second child, even more noteworthy, is that she joined the Illinois Army National Guard, was trained as a Blackhawk Pilot, earned the rank of lieutenant colonel, and flew numerous missions in Iraq. In 2004, Senator Duckworth’s helicopter was struck by an RPG, causing her to lose both of her legs, and much of the use of one arm. But moms don’t slow down! Senator Duckworth has also served in the United States House of Representatives, served as the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and was the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Whatever makes, or made, your mom special, make sure that you celebrate her and all moms on May 13.
Happy Mother’s Day from Allen Investigations, Allen Bail, and P.I. Cruises!