Report to Readers: Write your congresswoman today!
Here’s a typical ending to a letter to the editor: “Write your congressman today and tell him how you feel about guns/pollution/abortion/the deficit.”
In recent years, some correspondents have used deliberately gender-neutral terms: “Write your member of Congress” or “Call your legislator.”
This morning we received a letter from a fellow in Alexandria with an ending that was definitely a first. He wrote: “I hope all those in support of the president’s initiatives will write their congresswomen and say so.”
Was the writer suggesting that readers contact only female lawmakers? Nope, he was recognizing the new reality: In New Hampshire, all our members of Congress are women. The new delegation – Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter – is the country’s first all-women crew, a milestone reported widely after the November election. Who knew they’d also be changing the lingo of the letters column?
By the way, if you’re actually interested in contacting your congresswomen today, here’s how to do it:
Shaheen: 202-224-2841 or 647-7500. (To email, use the form at shaheen.senate.gov.)
Ayotte: 202-224-3324 or 622-7979. (To email, use the form at ayotte.senate.gov.)
Shea-Porter: 202-225-5456 or 641-9536. (To email, use the form at shea-porter.house.gov.)
Kuster: 202-225-5206. (To email, use the form at kuster.house.gov.)