20 Women Make History In The Senate
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Amanda Terkel, Jennifer Bendery, Ryan Grim, Eliot Nelson and Laura Bassett contributed reporting.
WASHINGTON -- Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, stood in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, just after being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as one of the record 20 female senators, and looked around.
"If you want to know about the number of women, look at the walls," she said to Bruce Mann, the husband of fellow new Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
The Capitol is full of portraits, busts and statues of men. Outside the Senate chamber, more than 35 faces of white men look down on the hallways, from a large likeness of founder Ben Franklin that gazes down quizzically to a bust of former President Richard Nixon that sits, ironically, outside a room where Democrats meet for lunch.
One woman, former Sen. Hattie Caraway (D-Ark.), is represented on the wall, looking somber in a black dress along the west side of the Ohio Clock Corridor.
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