February 28, 2020

50 women who made history as the first to do these extraordinary things



Tammy Duckworth is the first woman with a disability elected to the House and the Senate.

Tammy Duckworth became the first disabled woman elected to Congress in 2012. She is a Iraq War veteran, and lost her legs while when her helicopter was struck during her deployment. She told the Washington Post, "I was hurt in service for my country. I was proud to go. It was my duty as a soldier to go. And I would go tomorrow."

In 2016, she was elected to the Senate, where she became the first disabled female senator. Then, in 2018, she became the first female senator to give birth while in office.

By:  Zoë Ettinger and Erin McDowell