Marsha Blackburn is ticking off some feminists for preferring the title "congressman." She signs her official correspondence that way, and it appears on her website. “I think that is significant,” Latifa Lyles of the National Organization for Women tells Politico
. “We don’t have to pretend we’re not women in order to be leaders in this country."
Here's why Blackburn says she decided to use the title:
While out campaigning at a coffee shop in west Tennessee, a constituent asked Blackburn, “Little lady, what qualifies you to run for the United States House of Representatives?”
She quickly ticked off her time as a choir director and Girl Scouts cookie mom. “I kind of teased with him for a couple of minutes but went ahead and had a friendly conversation,” said Blackburn.
As Blackburn worked her way around the room, the constituent motioned for her to come back: “Little lady, if you win this thing, what we gonna call you — congresslady? Congressgirl?”
“Sir, congressman will be just fine,” replied Blackburn. And the rest is, well, congressional record.