The 20 women in the U.S. Senate are finally getting a larger ladies' room.
Back in November, Senator Amy Klochubar (D-Minn.) reported that "traffic jams" were happening in the two-stall restroom. Today, the Washington Post reported that the women's bathroom off the Senate floor is finally being expanded, and should be ready by August.
“It’s a really positive sign of how things have changed here,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told the Post.
We hope they take some of our suggestions for what this new bathroom should contain (such as a baby-changing station) -- and we also hope that the number of women in the Senate keeps rising until they outgrow this bathroom, too.
Women now make up one-fifth of the Senate, but we think those numbers could be a lot higher. More women in Congress could mean more attention to issues that matter to their female constituents. In May, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote a piece for PolicyMic where she touched on the importance of electing more women to public office:
"When women are at the table, a broader agenda is discussed, an agenda that looks out for all Americans, particularly those who are voiceless. Women’s voices are not better than men’s, they’re different and the broader perspective that we bring often leads to better results."
Who knows, maybe they'll have to install a second women's bathroom off the Senate floor soon?