Ayanna Pressley's longtime dream has been to occupy the office once held by her "shero" Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to ever be elected to Congress. Pressley, who defeated a 10-term incumbent in the primary and in November became Massachusetts' first Black congresswoman, has often spoken about how Chisholm paved the way for women like her to serve the country.
This is why at the office lottery for freshman lawmakers, a high-stakes event that took place at the end of the congressional orientation last month, Pressley tried to channel Chisholm's good vibes as she drew her number. But the Democrat from Massachusetts' 7th congressional district wasn't so lucky, drawing the slot no. 38 out of 85, which left her with poor chances of getting to pick her dream office.
Enter Katie Hill, an incoming representative from California who was also one of the many women who pulled major upsets against Republican incumbents in the midterm election. Hill, from CA-25, offered to swap offices with Pressley because she knew how much Chisholm's legacy meant to her.
The former Boston city councilwoman tweeted Monday: "Wow! TY Mommy for the extra bday luck! We just learned my Congressional Office designation will be
#ShirleyChisholm's former office. How's that for divine intervention, AND the selflessness of my colleague @KatieHill4CA who drew a better lottery# but still wanted me to have it."
In a retweet, Hill responded: "No doubt you’re going to do amazing things from that office — I am so excited to serve with you!"
No doubt you’re going to do amazing things from that office — I am so excited to serve with you! https://t.co/Gpv2M5CfCl— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) December 17, 2018
Hill's gesture was a reminder of the sisterhood the incoming Democratic congresswomen have been building in the past weeks. Many of the women — like Congresswomen-elect Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sharice Davids, and Abby Finkenauer — have been each other's biggest cheerleaders during the transition process.
Once they get sworn-in, you better believe they'll continue to work to make each other stronger.