I want to tell you a little bit about two women in my life named Sylvia.
The first was my grandmother, Sylvia, known to me as “Granny.” She was ahead of her time — a well-educated woman with a successful career who, incredibly, spoke six languages, was actively engaged in her community, and whose commitment and love of family was always her greatest priority. Granny was a huge inspiration for our whole family, and her values and work ethic live on in all of us.
My grandma Sylvia had a tremendous influence on my dad, Russ. She’s a big reason he is who he is: an independent mind who always stands up for what he knows is right.
The second Sylvia is my daughter, Sylvia Violet, who we named after my grandmother. Baby Sylvia has her grandpa Russ’s eyes. And all it takes is one giggle to see she has the same smile and optimism as her namesake.
I love my dad for many reasons. He always has my back and knows exactly how to make me laugh. But one of the best things about my dad is that he cares so passionately about equality for all women. I know my grandma would be proud that he’s made issues like paid family leave and equal pay centerpieces of his campaign.
But now as a mother, what makes me most proud of my dad is knowing he is working his hardest to make sure my daughter grows up in a world where she’s empowered to be anything — especially because she’s a woman.
I’m so proud of my dad. I can’t wait until he’s back in the Senate standing up for all of us.
Jessica Feingold Lieberson