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'...I felt a slight tug of the heartstrings when reading about Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan and her decision not to seek higher office. Madigan, considered somewhat of a rising star in the Democratic Party, has been rumored to be considering either a run for Governor or for President Barack Obama’s Senate seat in Illinois. Madigan even made a trip to Washington recently where it was rumored she had been asked to run for the Senate seat.

Instead, she chose to stay right where she is and seek reelection as Attorney General. Her main reasons being her four and one year old daughters. She hasn’t ruled a run for higher office in the future, but for now she wants to be with her little ones.

As part of WomenCount and as a woman whose become an advocate in trying to get more women to run for office, I feel disappointed that Lisa Madigan isn’t going to be running for a higher office anytime soon. Another woman in the Senate would be amazing, another female governor even more so.

But as a mom, I get it. I know because I lived it. It’s the fact that we, as women, are the ones forced to make these choices is unfair. The truth of the matter is no matter how much we encourage women to run for office or how young we get them to start, most of them will have to stair down motherhood at one point or another.

That’s why it’s so important that we create a more family friend environment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had an empty office turned into a lactation room in the House. To some this may not seem like a big deal, but it’s those kinds of steps that bring us closer to actually finding some kind of balance between motherhood and a career.'

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