Women in Congress finally get restroom of their own
Women finally have a seat in the House. Four seats, in fact. And two sinks.
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Women finally have a seat in the House. Four seats, in fact. And two sinks.
Last week, Room H211 in the U.S. Capitol quietly opened its door to the 76 female members of the House, giving them their own restroom near the Speaker's Lobby. Women in the Senate have had their own restroom off the Senate floor since 1993.
If the restroom's opening was subdued, some of the reaction wasn't.
Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., was moved to tweet to her 2,692 followers, "Love the new Ladies room off the floor of the House. Three cheers to @SpeakerBoehner."
Del. Donna Christensen, D-Virgin Islands, tweeted, "The first woman came to Congress in 1917. We are finally getting a ladies rest room near the floor of the House."
That's the kind of comfort men in the House have long enjoyed. Female members, however, had to trek out of chambers and buck the tourists in Statuary Hall to find relief.
Room H211 is in a bustling mahogany-trimmed hallway adjacent to the elegant, Victorian-embellished Speaker's Lobby on the Democratic side of the chamber. The entry has the dignified exterior of other Capitol offices: double mahogany door and door casing, a small brass plaque showing the room number and, stenciled in gold paint on a wooden plaque, "Members Only."
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