House Women Get New Restroom

Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:21am

The 76 women of the House now have a political restroom of their own.

A House floor-side bathroom for women opened for the first time on Monday in a space once occupied by the House parliamentarian just outside the Speaker’s Lobby on the Democratic side of the floor.

Female legislators could be seen heading into the room this week, just as their male counterparts regularly do on the other side of the lobby.

When he took office in January, Speaker John Boehner directed the Architect of the Capitol to build the facility, after which construction soon began.

“As we continue to evaluate ways to open up the people’s House, it’s encouraging to be able to make changes like this that are long overdue,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement at the time.

Previously, the closest women’s restroom was located in the Congressional Women’s Reading Room, which is across the Capitol through Statuary Hall.