Because I can. Sure, it’s PR, but these women are prepared to do more than posture for the cameras. Also, my new Senator remains awesome:
… The senators showed there is disagreement among them on abortion, reproductive health decisions and even disagreement as to what leadership role women and Congress should play in the debates ahead.
“I’m pro-choice,” Collins said. “But I think those issues should be settled and should not be the main focus of debate. To me those issues, Roe v. Wade, is settled law and I don’t know why we would want to keep bringing those issues up. I think we should be focusing like a laser on job creation, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, national security. Those issues to me are settled.”
Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., disagreed, saying Republicans put those issues onto the Congressional radar screen.
“I don’t think they are entirely settled,” Warren said, “I have to say I was really shocked that those are powerful issues in 2012. I would like to think those things are settled. But they were forced forward as issues by people who thought that women should not have that kind of access. And boy, if that’s the case, then we better stand up and we better speak out.” …
… Among the senators there was unanimity in predicting, and hoping, that there will be a female president soon, perhaps as early as 2016.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said here too there is a key difference between how men and women express their personal and political ambitions.
“I think the thing is, is that every man wakes up in the morning and looks in the mirror and says, ‘I could be president.’ I think every woman looks in the mirror and says, ‘What can I get done for my country today?’ ”
Feinstein jokingly corrected her noting that a few times she’s toyed with the idea in the midst of a particularly bad episode of Washington gridlock.
“Well, you may think it from time to time,” Feinstein said smiling at the prospect. “Usually when you’re very frustrated you think… ‘If I were president I could get this done.'”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., shared a story about her 8-year-old daughter, Kate, who came home one day and told her mother that she didn’t want her to run for president because she herself wanted to be the first female president.
“Well she better call Hillary [Clinton],” Boxer quipped of their former colleague in the Senate, widely believed to have a shot at the White House should she run in 2016.
“Did you break the news to her we’re not waiting that long?” McCaskill asked with a laugh.
Also, too: This photo of Tammy Duckworth… I’ll admit, I teared up.