I want to start a weekly post on this blog, titled “Wednesday’s Woman of the Week”, where one woman is recognized for her incredible work and achievements. I’d like to write about women from all different fields, so if you know of any women you think should be in the spotlight, feel free to write a post one week or tell me about her!
The first woman I want to write about is Tammy Baldwin, who as of last night won the Senate election in Wisconsin. Regardless of political affiliation, she has been a trailblazer for women in politics and for women’s rights in general.
For starters, after winning last night’s election, Tammy Baldwin has already made history. Not only is she Wisconsin’s first female Senator, but she is also the first openly gay Senator that America has had. And yet as Baldwin stated in her acceptance speech, “I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.”
She definitely will, and already has, made a difference in regards to women’s rights. Some examples can be seen through legislation she has previously worked on while in Congress.
She wrote a resolution to further promote and support National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and has long been a spokeswoman working to increase awareness of sexual violence in the United States.
She supports the Violence Against Women Act, which allows women to take violence cases to the federal court, and provides more funding for various organizations with anti-violence initiatives.
She supported the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, which makes it easier for women to go to court for gender discrimination in the workforce.
She was also the author of a law passed in 2007 by President Bush, called the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act. This act “expand[s] access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women”.
Tammy Baldwin has long been an advocate for women’s rights, and isn’t afraid to cross political borders to do the right thing. She is an honorable woman and a great role model, which is why she deserves to be the first Wednesday Woman of the Week.