Tammy Duckworth, Senator from Illinois. Senator Duckworth is the first Asian American woman elected to congress in her state, the first disabled woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, and is the first female double amputee from the Iraq War.
"I'm the only woman in either the House and the Senate who has actually seen real combat action. I've been shot at. I think my military service has alleviated the negatives of being a woman when it comes to issues of national security and the military. Bottom line: When the US helped Afghanistan write its new constitution, we insisted they include a provision that 25 percent of their lower house of parliament include women. We're a little less than 20 percent here in the US.”
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