Lawmaker who brought her newborn to the California statehouse joins other elected women challenging outdated notions around parenthood

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Lawmaker who brought her newborn to the California statehouse joins other elected women challenging outdated notions around parenthood

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Buffy Wicks held her newborn as she stood to speak on the floor of the California State Assembly.

“Please, please, please pass this bill,” said the masked lawmaker during a short speech on housing legislation, her 1-month-old growing increasingly fussy. “And I’m gonna go finish feeding my daughter.”

Wicks did not intend to bring Elly, her newborn, onto the chamber floor. She tried to avoid bringing her to the Capitol altogether. Wicks requested to vote by proxy two weeks before — which would have allowed someone else to vote on her behalf while she stayed home on maternity leave. She gave birth in late July.

Click here to read the full article published by The 19th on 4 September 2020.

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