Before we get into the post, a couple of announcements! I made a blog-related twitter, which you can follow here! I had one before, but I decided to separate my personal and “”professional”” twitter, so please go follow this one! Second, thank you for 800 followers!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Woman of the Month is a feature on my blog where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.
This month, I’m highlighting Tammy Duckworth.
Tammy Duckworth is a U.S. Representative from Illinois, and the first Asian-American Congresswoman from that state, the first disabled woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, the first female double amputee in the Senate, the first Senator to give birth while in office, and the first member of Congress to be born in Thailand. Her and Kamala Harris are the second and third Asian American senators.
Before joining the government, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a helicopter pilot. The helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a grenade, and she became the first American female double amputee from the Iraq war.
She was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in 2006. During her time there, she started a program to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and veterans with brain injury.
After she gave birth in 2018, her daughter became the first baby on the Senate floor when Duckworth brought her.
She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Northern Illinois University and in 2011, was honoured by Chicago’s Access Living for her work on behalf of veterans with disabilities. She’s also a Purple Heart recipient, and also received an Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Duckworth is the first disabled woman I’ve featured, and in doing the reading for her, I learned so much about her and other incredible women.
Thanks for reading! xx