Sunday Spotlight: Moms on Capitol Hill

In a special Mother’s Day edition of our Sunday Spotlight, ABC’s “This Week” had a glimpse inside an exclusive club on Capitol Hill: women who give birth while serving in Congress.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – the first woman to give birth twice while serving in Congress – said the female lawmakers rely on one another for support.

“There’s some days that I think, ‘Okay, I have this figured out.’  And then the next day it feels like it’s all fallin’ apart,” Rodgers said. “And that’s where it’s good to be able to talk with other working moms on Capitol Hill that understand, that can relate to you, and give you those words of encouragement.”

The women said there are many unique challenges that come with being a working mom in Congress – including picking up their children from school between Congressional votes and flying back to their home districts with young children in tow.

But Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), mother of two, believes motherhood gives them a unique perspective in Washington, and encouraged more women to seek public office.

“I want more women in government. I want more women members of Congress,” Gillibrand said. “Because even though we shouldn’t have to be the bearers of these issues, we passionately are, because we see it. We see the challenge every day.”

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