TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer


So what I like to see when I look around and see all these extraordinary women is I hope the young girls in the world will say, "I have something to offer. I have something to give." And you know what? The fact is they do, they have a lot whether it's here in the Senate, here in the House, in corporate board rooms, on television stations. You know, and that's, I think, what's exciting about us being here. I think it encourages them to think, "What I have to offer is significant and I will do so."

SENATOR KAY HAGAN: Diane, on-- on that point I think if you look at research women tend to be mentored and encouraged to run for office-- versus-- our male counterparts who just tend to jump right in. There could be some disagreement here. But I think when-- when-- it's an opportunity whenever I speak to school groups and in particular any sort of groups with young women in it I've always encouraged them, "I am recruiting you right now to run for office whether it's the local school board, county commissioner, city council all the way up to-- to federal office-- Senate, House, president." It is critical that we, as Senator Landrieu said, encourage young women to take that next step and actually file and run for office.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, when I first got here-- Olympia Snowe volunteered to be my Republican mentor. And there's so many women-- we stand on their shoulders. And so when Deb got here-- from Nebraska as the newly elected Republican senator she asked me to be her mentor. So I think there's just a lot of collaboration between the women senators and-- and advice and really standing up for each other that you don't always see-- with the men.

DIANE SAWYER: So what is-- what is it you told her you wish you had known when you first walked in? (LAUGH)

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: When I first walked in? We haven't had that secret talk yet. (LAUGHTER)

DIANE SAWYER: You can tell us.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, of course we have these--


SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: --women's dinners where we-- we have these women dinners where we-- always talk. We always say what's said in that room stays in that room. And of course we never talk about the male senators. (LAUGHTER) (UNINTEL) never.

FEMALE VOICE: And there's a wonder--

FEMALE VOICE: Diane, can I just file--


SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI: --a (UNINTEL) on Senator Klobuchar's comments. In-- in the mid 1990s there was really the rise of prickly relationships in the Senate, and it was then one of our colleagues that's new retired, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, came up with the idea of us just getting together for purposes just through civility and collegiality to know each other.

Out of that what else we have developed I think is a sense of collegiality, bipartisanship and treating each other with respect. And I'll tell you what-- and that's kind of fading from the Senate. This is no longer a club, okay, it is a contact arena. The other thing is a sense of timeliness. I can tell you every single one of these women has great pressure on them not only for their constituents, but their families. We don't believe in the culture of delay.

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