Guess Who Braved The Blizzard To Get To Work At The Senate?

A lot of people didn’t show up for work at the Senate following the monster snowstorm in Washington, D.C. But there was one huge similarity between the absentees.

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.


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.

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