US Female Senators Make History

Diane Sawyer's exclusive interview with the women who make up the Senate's largest female class.
3:35 | 01/04/13

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It was a rare parade of optimism in cuteness on Capitol Hill today as the new congress was sworn in -- with kids in tow that is. New York's Kirsten Gillibrand -- son she among the record breaking twenty women now serving in the US senate. ABC's world news anchor Diane Sawyer met with all but one of them. To talk about busted glass ceilings and -- vision for the future. They are living breathing history climbing the stairs and sending a signal. They are twenty senators Republican and Democrat who say they have had -- with gridlock and the way congress works if they can delay a problem. Pick an argument. In wake tour next year they'll do it we don't believe in the culture of -- I don't want people watch this show. To think where some kind of a sorority because we're not. Work all we all marched to the sound of different drummers to some extent senator Dianne Feinstein says women can be independent lawmakers -- and still work together have -- you know were less on testosterone before we don't have that need. To always be confrontational. And I think we're problem solvers and I think -- with this country needs. When I saw President Obama few weeks ago I told him about our quarterly -- And I said Mr. President if you -- -- see bipartisanship in Washington can invite the women senators to help you get it done and he loved the idea and he plans to buy it might happen. So they say they're ready to tackle big issues like jobs transportation immigration but it's their male counterparts. To compete reopening its brokers is -- -- -- -- I think most of us would agree that the government doesn't have a place and that it's -- Individual families who should make those decisions I think those issues should be settled. And should not be the main focus of debate -- -- I senator -- I don't think they are entirely settled I mean that's the problem. Is that there were amendments introduced to say that women wouldn't have. Access to health insurance coverage for birth control and -- if that's the case then we better standup that we that are speaking outside outside but if congress was 51% women. You can bet your bottom dollar we would not be debating contest that -- and we definitely should be talking about transportation infrastructure. Or economic development but we keep facing these amendments on abortion it's like. Can't you just leave that alone always figure I met his clients always always no I diamond -- And these new female -- signal a modern era. The first openly gay senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin who was in college when she was inspired. By Geraldine Ferraro. And -- to myself. I can do anything the sky's the limit is there a president in this room you know I think the thing -- is that. Every man wakes up in the morning and looks in the mirror and says I can be president I think every woman looks -- insists what can I get done for my country. Quite -- -- about what -- in this room. Looks in the -- and says I could be present for the most doubtful playing well you may think it from time to. Editor Kelly -- tells the story of her eight year old daughter and she said to me. Mom I don't want you to run for president and I looked at their and I said Qaeda on the run for president when you asked me. She said mom because I want to be the first woman from. You -- -- good news you're we're not anyhow.

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