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For most working women, having children equals economic disparity. (Happy Mother’s Day!)



SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH made history in April when she became the first sitting senator to give birth. And her daughter, Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, has already made history as the first infant allowed on the Senate floor, after a rule change pushed for by Duckworth. But although Duckworth has been hailed as a hero for working mothers, the similarities go only so far. As a senator, Duckworth’s salary is set by statute, leaving her immune to what’s known as the “motherhood penalty.” For most working mothers, children bring more than a change in routine; they also bring a change in income.

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