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women in the Senate

History of their presence, also horrifying sexism. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/senate-women-secret-history-113908_full.html

"She was the first senator to take to the floor to denounce Senator Joe McCarthy’s tactics in his communist witch hunt during the Cold War"

"Even McCaskill, who lauds the progress made over the past three decades, has stories to tell. The first time she tried to venture onto the Senate floor after taking office in 2007, she was barred by a doorman who told her there were no floor passes for staffers. "

"So notoriously predatory was Thurmond that when Susan Collins came to the Senate in 1997, she was warned to avoid getting on an elevator alone with him."

"The modern history of Senate women really begins in the 1980s with Barbara Mikulski" -- who became the second sitting woman Senator at the time.

"The Thomas hearings were the catalyst that brought four new women, all Democrats, to the Senate in 1992. " -- up to six!

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