Want Equal Facilities For Women Representatives? It Takes A GOP Speaker.
House Speaker-to-be John Boehner is planning to install the first-ever women’s restroom next to the floor of the House of Representatives.
Boehner’s office says he’ll direct the Architect of the Capitol to convert an office into a ladies’ room just steps away from where lawmakers cast votes and debate legislation. It mirrors the space occupied by a men’s restroom on the other side of the House chamber.
Female members of the House have long complained that while their male colleagues can duck in and out of a men’s room right next to the chamber, their closest available restroom is much further away in the Congressional Women’s Reading Room, across the ornate Statuary Hall filled with sculptures of prominent Americans.
Nancy Pelosi, when she hands over the gavel in January, will have been Speaker for 4 years. And yet she couldn’t get this taken care of for members of her own gender?
But even before taking the gavel, Mr. Boehner is planning on making things easier for those of the other gender.
Makes ya wonder if Speaker Pelosi really cares about women, or if that’s just a convenient political pose.