HRC Honors Pro-Equality Female Senators for Women’s History Month
The 115th U.S. Senate has more women members than ever before -- a record-breaking 21 -- including Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, who is the nation's first openly-lesbian U.S. Senator.
- •Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)As Nevada’s Senator, Cortez Masto is committed to working with HRC to ensure that historic LGBTQ equality gains are protected & to fight LGBTQ discrimination. She has said, “It is outrageous that in 2016 people can still be at risk of losing their jobs in this country because of whom they love.. in the Senate I will focus on ensuring LGBT people are treated equally under the law by working to end discrimination.”
- •Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)Senator Tammy Duckworth has been a strong LGBTQ ally in the House of Representatives. Duckworth received a perfect score on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for both of her terms in the House of Representatives. She is a cosponsor of the Equality Act & the Global Respect Act, which would provide a means to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQ people from entry into the United States.
- •Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)Throughout her career Hassan has fought for the rights of citizens to participate fully in the civic & economic life of their communities. As state senator she worked to achieve marriage equality, helping make N.H. one of the first states to pass legislation ensuring access to legal marriage. As Gov. she took a historic step by issuing an executive order extending vitally important non-discrimination protections to trans people in N.H. with respect to government employment, contracts & programs.
- •Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)In 2014, Harris spoke at HRC’s Los Angeles Gala, where she shared her experience fighting for marriage equality in California & across the United States. She said, “Let us stand together on the side of fighting for justice & equality,” & called for LGBTQ equality, reproductive health rights, immigration reform & voting rights.