WOMEN IN CONGRESS
MEET THE 20 LADIES OF THE NEW U.S. SENATE:
“MY GOAL IS 50 PERCENT WOMEN,” SAYS KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND
The new Senate convenes with a record-breaking 20 women. The new Senate is for the first time one-fifth women. “Obviously, my goal is 50 percent women,” says New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand. Nebraska’s senator-elect Deb Fischer is greeted by senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow. “Welcome! Welcome!” says Landrieu. “We’re going to miss Ben Nelson,” the outgoing Democratic incumbent, “but we’re happy to have you!” During the shoot, as the old standard “My Way” plays in the stuffy old room, California’s Barbara Boxer protests, “Frank Sinatra? How about Led Zeppelin!” After 10 minutes, the women grow antsy to do what they came to the Capitol to do: get to work. Says Boxer: “There’s a fiscal cliff to attend to!"
The newly sworn-in 113th Congress has 20 female senators and 82 female representatives. ‘We don’t have that need to always be confrontational. And I think we’re problem solvers,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein said.