House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had trouble getting all the Democratic women of the House in the same place at the same time for a class photo, but ABC’s Diane Sawyer got the record twenty female U.S. Senators sworn in today in the same room at the same time for a group interview taped before the holidays and put online today (h/t Politicker). In addition to touting their skills as collaborators and negotiators (less testosterone), their distaste for delay as a political strategy (families to get home to), and their lesser egos (it’s not all about being president), the senators described how exhausted they are by the ongoing debate about about contraception and abortion.
Kirsten Gillibrand: If Congress was 51 percent women you can bet your bottom dollar we wouldn’t be talking about contraception.
Patty Murray: We think we should be talking about transportation, infrastructure, economic development, or how to solve the budget deficit and we keep facing these amendments on abortion. It’s like, can’t you just leave that alone?
Barbara Boxer: Always brought by men, Diane.
Watch the video to see Senator Gillibrand’s kid play with her hair as she gets sworn in.