TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer


What would happen if 20 of us cosponsored a bill? What would happen if we went out and mobilized American women to support that bill? It may-- (CAR HORN) this may be a real point of major differentiation that we could get this done for America and essentially lead the way.


SENATOR BARBARA BOXER: From your lips to God's ears? (LAUGHTER)

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER: --I'm with you, Dianne.

FEMALE VOICE: We're in. We're in.

FEMALE VOICE: And I think--


SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN: --on that topic I think that there's-- unique capability of being able to think about the effect of-- our actions today on generations hence that women share. And that's been what has perplexed-- other legislative bodies trying to grapple with something where the biggest effects of a vote tomorrow might not be felt for 50 or 60 years. But we have that long range vision.

DIANE SAWYER: I'm gonna ask if we can because-- just to bring in the picture, some of you were able to get (UNINTEL), those of you who weren't, we're gonna find them anyway. But (LAUGH) if you could just hand out the-- if you could leave them face down just for our cameras until I say that you should turn them over. (LAUGH) Then not everyone could get back to us, but some of you--


DIANE SAWYER: --could, so you may turn them over now and show each other if you will.


FEMALE VOICE: Look how cute.

DIANE SAWYER: And what-- I'd really be grateful in our final few minutes (UNINTEL) each of you with and without your pictures. (UNINTEL) talk not just to girls but to boys too, little boys as well about-- if you could just give them one sentence about what to aim for, what you know (UNINTEL) I guess it's an Oprah-- copyright, but what you really do know with all certainty that you must do, you must aim for in your life. Senator Collins? We'll-- we'll just go down the row (UNINTEL).

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS: I tell children to not be afraid to take risks and not be afraid to fail, that in order to achieve your dream sometimes you fall short. But if you keep trying, if you believe in yourself you will get there.

DIANE SAWYER: Senator Mikulski? That little girl--

SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI: Don't I look cute and dainty here (LAUGHTER) just the way I do today? My little saying is this. My father had a little neighborhood grocery store. And every day h-- very early in the morning he and my mother would go over and open it. And he would say to his customers, "Good morning, can I help you?" Every day if you wake up and think about someone other than yourself and say, "Good morning, can I be of help?" Then you'll make a world that is better, you'll make a difference and you'll work with others to make change.


SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: Stand up straight. (LAUGH) It's pretty straightforward.


SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: And when I was ten years old and got that advice from my Uncle (UNINTEL) he added that it was okay to be taller than the boys. (LAUGHTER) It was good advice.

SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL: I would say knowledge is power. You know, if you really work hard at learning and trying to learn as much as you can about as much as you can that no matter what your dream is you have a really good chance of achieving it.

SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN: Do what you love and keep at it. Persistence is about 95% of success.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: This is my dad and me when we went bike riding. We went 1,100 miles in ten days-- from Minneapolis to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And I would say once you've gone 100 miles you can always go ten more. That's what I learned from that trip.

SENATOR KAY HAGAN: Read, read, read. Everything we do today is focused on education, on-- and how that's gonna impact our future. When I sign pictures to classrooms that go across North Carolina I add, "Read, read, read."

SENATOR DEB FISCHER: I would say do what you love because if you do a job or if you have a vocation that you truly love you will be successful, but more importantly you'll be happy.

SENATOR PATTY MURRAY: I'd say never let anybody tell you you can't do something or can't achieve something. I've always found that if someone tells you you can't do something it's usually because they're afraid you will. (LAUGH)

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER: My advice is when somebody tells you it's complicated, it's really not (LAUGH) and break it down and find the way and solve the problem.

DIANE SAWYER: Why don't we start back here?

SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE: My advice would be to listen more than you speak-- and that if-- find-- listen to other people and you-- you'll be so surprised what you can learn and also-- how you can find people to work with to solve problems.

SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN: I'd say dream big and ignore the naysayers, the cynics and the keepers of the status quo. (LAUGH)

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL: Me? I have this interesting moment that happened in my campaign where we were having a debate. My mother just happened to be sitting in the front row. And as my opponent criticized me and critiqued me my mother kept grimacing. And finally I said to her in the middle of the debate, "Don't worry Mom, I can take care of myself." (LAUGH)

And the reaction from that line from-- parents all over-- who are raising little girls or little boys, it was a moment that showed that women can be in battle and stand up for themselves. And I think that is the point. Don't be afraid to take on that challenge that you want and demonstrate that women are unique in how we do battle, but we can be very successful.

SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI: Learn something every day. Doesn't make any difference whether you're in kindergarten or whether you are a senior. You should be learning something every day. And don't be afraid to push yourself to learn. I have on my refrigerator along with various pictures of my boys at different stages of their life and the nieces and the nephews, I have-- a little saying that came from-- a card that somebody sent. And it says, "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone." And just remember every day to just push yourself to learn something new.


SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO: My mother who changed my life by bringing me to this country showed me, not told me to take risks and never give up.

DIANE SAWYER: You were eight--

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO: I was-- almost eight, Uh-huh (AFFIRM). There are no baby pictures of me in Japan. (LAUGH)

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: Well, the lesson that my grandmother taught me that I tell my children is there's nothing you can't do, but you have to put your mind to it and you have to work very, very hard. And I think that's true. And I particularly like to give that message to young girls because oftentimes they need that self confidence to move forward to do the next thing.

But there's-- a message I also give my boys 'cause for some reason boys think there is nothing they can't do. (LAUGH) I really focus my message for them more on helping others. And I tell them the greatest gift in the world is the ability to help someone else. And even at the youngest age-- I have a four-year-old and a nine-year-old, they get such joy out of doing things for others.

And when we were hit with-- with Hurricane Sandy they looked through all their toys, all their books, all their clothes and make packages for the children whose homes were destroyed. And I can tell you they are better children and they will be better adults because of it.

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: I always was told to be (CAR HORN) courageous, believe in yourself, and no matter what you are doing, what job it is, large or small, do your very, very best. And that's the way that you'll continue to have no regrets in life.

SENATOR BARBARA FEINSTEIN: I believe the world is made up of problem solvers and problem makers. And the former is really what we need more of. (LAUGH)

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: My parents always told me to never quit, be determined, to be focused but also to live with a grateful heart. Everyone will come into the world with different circumstances and will attain different-- but-- but if you live with a grateful heart you'll be happy and be able to serve well.

DIANE SAWYER: Again I thank you. And it's a great way to-- to-- that's Archimedes, right, give me-- just give might the l-- leverage and I'll change the world, right.


DIANE SAWYER: Looking at these 20 fulcrums in this room, climate change, we've got immigration, we've got you on the record now (LAUGH) on a lot of things here--


SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI: And you've now seen the presidential campaign posters. (LAUGHTER)

DIANE SAWYER: We have. And with-- with thanks to the pioneers. We thank you all.

VOICES: Thank you. Thank you.

FEMALE VOICE: Thank you Diane, thank you for the opportunity.

FEMALE VOICE: Yeah, thanks for (UNINTEL).

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