Celebrating Women – Tammy Duckworth, a senator and warrior

Aaron Smith, Staff Reporter

To celebrate Women’s History Month I wanted to celebrate Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). She is a war veteran and the junior senator from Illinois. 

Tammy Duckworth is a Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom

She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.

 Tammy Duckworth is a very hard working woman and has put 100 percent into everything she’s done. For a woman to be flying in combat missions and survive a deadly collision the way she did is very inspiring for the girls out there who want to serve and fight for their country. She is especially being brave enough to make that decision to join the national guard and try to make a difference. 

The first Senate bill she introduced—which supports Illinois jobs by helping prevent bureaucratic delays in infrastructure projects—became law in record time. Just 4 months after being sworn in as a U.S senator her bill was passed in record time back in 2017. As a result of her achievements, Duckworth was ranked as a “highly effective lawmaker” by the  Congress  of the center of effective lawmaking. She is a very passionate woman and a woman that cares for everyone especially in the state of Illinois, a woman whose family has been around since the start of the American Revolution fighting alongside George Washington. 

And described as “tough as hell” by the “Votevets”, the liberal veterans’ organization that pushed for President Joe Biden to choose Ms. Duckworth as his running mate, on Wednesday morning posted a video in a article back in July of 2020, calling Ms. Duckworth and accusing Mr. Trump of being scared to run against her. 

I think what a lot of people fail to see is that the beauty of celebrating Women’s History Month just like Black history month, it’s all of our history and women are a huge part of history. While many women celebrate Women’s History Month, many people especially men take this special month as a joke. With an honorable and brave woman like Senator Tammy Duckworth, there is no way to joke.