Capitol Gets New Ladies' Room

New restroom helps women break through the porcelain ceiling

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 8:12 AM EDT
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Capitol Gets New Ladies' Room

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In what will no doubt be a relief for female legislators, the U.S. Capitol has opened a new women's bathroom.

The new facilities are a major victory for women, who had to walk all the way through Statuary Hall to the Lindy Claiborne Boggs Congressional Women’s Reading Room whenever nature called.  The long walk has been a sore point for Congresswomen for years.

House Speaker John Boehner finally came to the rescue. After last November’s election, he ordered the Architect of the Capitol to build a women’s room adjacent to the house floor. And so it came to pass! It was the first ladies’ room built near the House chambers in nearly a half-century.

Today, the former Office of the Parliamentarian is now a women’s bathroom. It’s just a few steps away from the House floor. You could say that it’s a few small steps from House chambers, but a few giant leaps for bathroom parity.

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