Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Judith Miller's Fight for Public Buildings to Accommodate Mothers

Juggling motherhood and jury duty. Why is this so hard?

For as long as there have been portable breast pumps, resourceful moms have employed them in surprising places: under a desk, in a parked car, on an airplane, in the principal’s office …

Judith Miller drew the line at the men’s restroom at the Daley Center. Summoned for jury duty last October, she consulted the Cook County website to make sure she’d be able to express milk for her 11-week-old son. Yes, it assured her, there is a lactation room for jurors.

But that was news to the clerk in the jury assembly room. When Miller arrived, eager to serve, she was told the only option with a locking door and a working electrical outlet was the men’s room.

All together now: Ewwwwwwwwwwww.

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