Women live longer. That’s how a new generation of young women who’ve just entered Congress may eventually take over. The longevity advantage had been tempered by women traditionally entering politics after child-rearing, but nowadays voters are sending 29-year-olds like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the halls of power. Still, young moms with political careers must fight for accommodation along the way.
How long can they stick around? If term limits aren’t imposed, a very long time. It’s not unheard of for representatives to stay in office for half a century, so it’s hardly a joke when Nebraska’s Sen. Deb Fischer says, “We’ll be here forever.”