Five of the Youngest Women in Congress on What They Want to Do First
In January, 104 women (a record!) were sworn in to the 114th Congress. Glamour asked five of the youngest ones (all under 40) what they want to do first.
"As a working mom, I have a huge appreciation for time. My plan is to reintroduce the Working Families Flexibility Act to allow some hourly employees to trade their overtime for paid time off. We can't legislate extra hours in the day, but it's a way to give moms and dads some flexibility." —Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)
“I was homeless for several years of my childhood, so I want to say to other young women, 'You can become anything you want.' We need to be sure that women get access to education opportunities, so we're working to increase STEM education at the elementary-school level." —Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
"Last year's VA scandals are in danger of being forgotten. Too many of our veterans are still waiting in line to see doctors. As a combat veteran, I'll continue fighting for my brothers- and sisters-in-arms." —Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
"I cofounded the Kids' Safety Caucus, a bipartisan caucus of moms and dads focused on making children's lives safer. As a mom, I'm working on commonsense solutions—for example, preventing the selling of expired baby formula." —Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y. )
"I was the ninth woman ever to give birth while in Congress, and I now have a one-year-old who faces complex medical issues. I'm excited about my bipartisan bill to allow kids like her to get better care and have better outcomes." —Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)