My statement on the Equal Rights Amendment on Women’s Equality Day.
Tran, a mother of four, proudly serves as the President of the West Springfield Elementary PTA, where she works with other volunteers to support the school community. The delegate is inspired by her own parents, who brought her family to the U.S. from Vietnam as refugees. Their hard work and resilience allowed them to fulfill their “American dream.”
“Today, I marched with my family, neighbors from the 42nd District, and students and families from across Virginia and the nation. We demand urgent action to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country,” Delegate Tran said. “We cannot become numb to mass shootings. Our children fear for their lives, and we must act now to pass common sense solutions. We cannot - and must not - fail our children.”
Yesterday marked the one-month anniversary of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Across our country, thousands of young people led us in raising-up our voices to call for solutions to our nation’s gun violence epidemic.
I stand with them and others across the 42nd District and the Commonwealth who are demanding that we have commonsense solutions. This is one of the singular issues of our time, and I am committed to advancing legislation to prevent gun violence.
Judging strictly by legislation passed, the record number of women in this year’s Virginia House of Delegates had only modest impact.
Most of the new delegates are Democrats, and most of their bills died in Republican-controlled committees — which is typical for freshmen, male or female.
But House members said that the presence of a historic number of women in the chamber created a fundamental shift in matters large and small, from the tone of debate to the way the House operates.
For Kathy Tran, the decision to breastfeed her daughter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates was simple.
"I had a baby that was hungry and I needed to feed her," Tran says.
Tran is by all accounts the first Virginia state delegate to breastfeed on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. Since taking office in January, she's been juggling daycare and feeding schedules around meetings and late-night votes. She often ducks her 13-month-old under a nursing cover and continues on with her business.
Women now make up 28 percent of the Virginia House Chamber. Do they have the numbers to shake up the boys’ club? We’ll hear from the longest-serving female delegate and a newly-elected member of the House. Click here and join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Kathy Tran has come a long way since she first arrived in the U.S. with her parents as refugees from Vietnam.
The 42nd District’s new representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates was not even 2 years old when her family fled their home country, but she still remembers the experience of watching her parents rebuild their lives in a foreign place with empty pockets.
In dozens of interviews with TIME, progressive women described undergoing a metamorphosis...Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces. About four times as many Democratic women are running for House seats as Republican women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics; in the Senate, the ratio is 2 to 1.
Women have reached a high mark in the Virginia General Assembly this year, taking 38 out of 140 seats and starting to reshape the culture of a Southern capital often seen as an old boys’ club.
The surge was part of November’s Democratic sweep in the House of Delegates that flipped 15 seats, replacing 11 men with women. Women now hold a record 28 of 100 seats in the chamber, up from 17 last year. They make up nearly half of the Democratic caucus.