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Here’s What’s Wrong With Tammy Duckworth’s Maternity Leave Dilemma

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When it comes to women’s share of representation in parliament, the United States ranks 104 out of over 190 countries. That’s because, of the 115 congresses in the history of the country with 1,972 senators representing their states in the past 229 years, only 51 of those senators have been women. And there have only been 10 members of Congress who have given birth while in office (all the births happened while the female lawmakers were serving in the House).

Among those women are Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Susan Molinari, Blanche Lambert Lincoln, Enid Greene Waldholtz, Linda Sánchez, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jaime Herrera Beutler and now-Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Duckworth, a retired lieutenant...

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