Congratulations Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers,
We just heard that you are pregnant with number three, all of whom have been or will be born while you are in office. You set the record for the most babies born while serving in Congress and, with number three, you'll have broken it once again.
We are so grateful that, not only have you walked the hard road to election as a woman on a continent where women are grossly under-respresented at all levels of government, you have made an exhausting and challenging choice to return to work not once but twice and now, possibly, three times.
After all, we believe that government needs moms.
Moms have a unique perspective on the world. They can bring a practical face and pragmatic approach to almost every issue that government deals with. While there are some obvious areas of concern such as maternity leave, daycare, education and children's health, moms that represent can bring up the unseen implications of taxes, unemployment, women in the military... the list in endless. In fact everything should be reviewed, at least once, through the eyes of a mommy.
In addition to a powerful perspective, motherhood is a point of connection bringing together women across the political, international and economic spectrum. Our shared experiences that may seem mundane - the wee hour feeds, toilet training, the kid who throws up on you just as you are about to walk out the door - are the conversation starters that can kickstart the kind of relationships we need to effect real change. As you have said yourself: 'Kids are non-partisan'.
Lastly, 'representation' is most effectively achieved by someone who actually represents the population they are serving not just in function (I will vote the way you tell me to) but also in form (I live the way you live).
In this economic reality, stay-at-home moms are going extinct. Women are returning to work, not because they 'choose' to but because they 'have' to. Even if you personally could have stayed at home, we recognize your sacrifice and wish you the success (and sleep you need) to live up to the responsibility and obligation that millions of women have invested in you - a working mommy that represents.
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