Women’s Foundation Applauds Senate Rule Change To Allow Parents to Bring Children Onto Senate Floor

Kansas City, Mo – The Women’s Foundation today applauded the United States Senate for making the family-friendly decision to allow senators to bring children under the age of one onto the Senate floor. 

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, who recently gave birth to a daughter, proposed the rule change and Senator Roy Blunt helped move it forward as Senate Rules Committee Chairman.  

Work life balance is critical for new mothers, especially for someone who works in such a demanding field like Senator Duckworth. We commend Senator Duckworth for proposing this family-friendly resolution and thank Senator Blunt for moving this flexible workplace policy forward. Our research shows that many women and their families are held back by outdated workplace practices that don’t reflect the challenges of our lives today. We urge Congress to continue this progress by supporting even more expanded flexible workplace practices – especially paid family and medical leave.
— Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO

Women’s Foundation is a strong supporter of flexible workplace practices, including paid family and medical leave. The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that lacks a nationwide paid family leave program. To learn more about the Women’s Foundation’s work to promote family-friendly policies such as paid leave visit www.womens-foundation.org.