In The News: Elkhart Truth: Women elected to office see opportunities to serve

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Women elected to office see opportunities to serve

Statistics show about 20 percent of Congress is female

By Paige Mallory Passman

According to the United States Department of Labor, the most common occupation for women are elementary and middle school teachers, registered nurses, secretaries and administrative assistants, nursing, psychiatric and home health aides. That only leaves 87.3 percent for women who are paralegal and legal assistants, according to the United States Department of Labor. Only 1 in 5 are elected to government office.

One of those is Jackie Walorski, United States Representative for Indiana’s second district. She is one of 106 women and one of only 27 Republicans to hold seats in Congress, according to the Center for Women and Politics. The House of Representatives has 84 Congresswomen and the US Senate has 22 female senators. That calculates to about 20 percent for both the House and the Senate.

“I think that my focus is the reason why I ran to begin with. I’m a fighter, bringing mountains down that are in front of people. I am grateful to be a member of Congress,” she said.

Walorski said she is grateful and she looks forward to the challenges every day of being able to improve the lives and the quality of life for the people in the second district.

“I think it’s difficult for women to get traction or be managing their family, and look around and figure out how they are going to make a difference, but I think women make great fighters, and so I think that the future for women is wide open and brighter than it’s ever been,” said Walorski.

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