Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) noticed something rather unusual about the Senate floor on the first work day following the severe snowstorm that hit the East Coast past weekend.
She was one of the two senators who managed to show up — and both of them, Murkowski observed, were women. In fact, everyone present that day in the chamber, including clerks, staff and even young pages, were all women.
"As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female," said Murkowski, one of the 20 female members of the Senate.
The Alaskan Republican opened the session with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
Thanks to @lisamurkowski for joining me this morning to open the Senate – how fitting for Maine & Alaska to be here after the blizzard!— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 26, 2016
Murkowski also said the unique session shouldn’t be dismissed as mere coincidence because it indicated how women were strong enough to not let the harsh weather stand in the way of their work — unlike men, it appears.
"Something is genuinely different, and I think it's genuinely fabulous," she added. "So perhaps it just speaks to the hardiness of women that put on your boots and put your hat on and get out, slog through the mess that is out there."
The historic blizzard that hit the East Coast unleashed more than 20 inches of snow on Washington, D.C., shutting the city down for days.