Tammy Duckworth Wishes She Wasn’t Always the First

The senator (and very new mom) talks paid leave, mortal combat, and the men who’ve underestimated her

ELLE Magazine (US)
Elle Magazine
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5 min readApr 10, 2018

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As told to Mattie Kahn

The statistics aren’t good. According to recent estimates, women make up just under 20 percent of Congress and less than 25 percent of all state legislatures

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