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Representative Debbie Dingell

Elected in 2014, she was the first non-widowed woman to succeed her husband in Congress.

“I am where I am because of the women who came before me and opened the doors wider. Many of us had mentors, but in my generation many of them were men. As women, now we have a responsibility to net­work, mentor, and open doors for other women. We need to offer support, advice, and guidance and, most im­portant, give women a chance. We need to celebrate our differences—not minimize them. We have unique attributes and unique perspectives that we bring to the workplace, courtroom, factory floor, or Congress. We are multitaskers who are focused on solving problems. We need to continue to push for change. Support more women. Stand up for equality. And never be afraid to speak out for what’s right.”