Last weekend’s blizzard froze the nation’s Northeast in its tracks. But as the snowfall subsided and the roads were plowed, people went back to school, went on with their daily lives, and as expected, returned to work.
Well, not everybody went back to work. Not surprisingly, members of Congress’s highest body, the Senate, didn’t show up following the hash winter conditions that blanketed the Capitol. Correction: only the women of the Capitol showed up for work.
Standing on the Senate floor to delay Senate business until her colleagues could return to work, Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski, who is considered more moderate within the GOP ranks, made a startling observation:
As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer [Senator Susan Collins] is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female. Now this was not orchestrated in any way shape or form. We came in this morning, looked around, and though, “Something is different this morning, and different in a good way,” I might add. Something is genuinely different — and something is genuinely fabulous.
Once again, when women take control, no matter what party they’re from, things seem to get done. Senator Murkowski, who has served since 2002, highlighted the difference between the women in power and the men in power:
Perhaps it speaks to the hardiness of women. that put on your boots and put your hat on and get out and slog through the mess that’s out there.
And hardy are the women of Congress. A recent analysis from Quorum from last year showed that the women of the Senate work more effectively, introduce more legislation, and work together more bi-partisan fashion than their male colleagues:
Since the 111th Congress, which was sworn in in 2009, the average female senator submitted 96.31 bills, while the average male senator only submitted 70.72. Bills that were introduced by female senators also fared better, receiving an average of 9.10 cosponsors, while male senators received an average 5.94. Quorum also found that female senators’ bills made it out of committees more often, and were successfully enacted at a higher rate than those introduced by men.
No wonder Time Magazine said women are the only adults in Washington. They show up to work, get bills passed and work with each other instead of playing the “who’s got the biggest ego” game.
Watch Senator Murkowski’s comments here, courtesy of C-SPAN:
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