In another win for working parent progress, moms can now bring their babies to work in the Senate, specifically to the Senate floor. Senator Tammy Duckworth recently made history when she became the first sitting senator to give birth. Duckworth just made history again by bringing her 10-day-old daughter along for a vote, thanks to a new rule allowing babies on the Senate floor.

The senator from Illinois has been a vocal advocate for all working parents, moms especially. After giving birth to her second baby on April 9, Duckworth pushed the Senate to change the rules that only allowed Senators and staff on the floor during Senate votes. In a unanimous decision, the Senate voted to change the rules to allow babies under the age of one to accompany parents.

The change allowed Duckworth to attend a vote accompanied by her newborn, Maile, this past week. While the Senate rule change may only directly affect a select few, Duckworth hopes that the change will signal to the world that change is needed for all workplaces.

After the historic vote, she tweeted, “Yesterday’s rule change may only apply to the Senate, but I hope it can serve as a message that working families across America deserve family-friendly workplace policies.”

Does your workplace allow infants? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: U.S. Senate Photographic Studio; Renee Bouchard via Wikimedia Commons


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