Women’s History Month is our opportunity to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women across America– women like Jeannette Rankin, who in 1917 became the first woman to serve in Congress. Since then, hundreds of women have followed her example, becoming trailblazers themselves in the U.S. House and Senate.
For many of these women, the path to the People’s House was not an easy one. A teacher at heart, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) describes how she went from living in a home with no electricity or running water to making the decision to run for office. Now, she is using her experience and platform to encourage women to replace the attitude of “I’m not qualified” with “anything is possible.”
“I think many women can fall prey to this attitude of self-disqualification and underestimate their abilities,” Foxx says. “Fortunately, I was pushed by the right people – teachers and administrators who wouldn’t let me settle for less than my best.”
As Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce, Rep. Foxx is leading efforts to modernize and reform the nation’s workforce development system. With Republican solutions on these and many others issues, every American – especially women – will once again be trusted to pursue their own dreams and keep making history for generations to come.