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Congresswoman Niki Tsongas: Women in the Military

October 06, 2016

After her nine years in office, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas said she has worked hard to achieve gender equality in the U.S. Military, and positive change is definitely coming.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Congresswoman Tsongas visited UMass Lowell to discuss with students the issues of gender equality and sexual assault in the U.S. Military. She answered student questions and discussed topics that audience members said they were glad were being brought to their attention. She also discussed military reform.

“We all have to make sure that, at the very least, we are well protecting those who are serving,” she said. “And that we are putting in place the resources we need to best protect this country.”

Tsongas ran for her seat in Congress as a Democrat in 2007 during a special election after Marty Meehan left office to become chancellor of UMass Lowell. She said her parents were her inspiration to go into public service, as they were both involved as well, and because of her husband, Paul Tsongas, who was a U.S. Senator and for whom the Tsongas Center is named after.

While she has been in Congress, Tsongas said she has worked on a bill every year that deals with reform in the military that then is incorporated into a larger piece of legislation.