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In my lifetime, I wonder if I'll see

OLYMPIA -- U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (left) and Patty Murray meet in the wings of the state Senate on Feb. 20, 2012. Cantwell was coming out of the Senate Democratic Caucus after talking to its members and Murray was going in. They were in the state on the President's Day recess, and both stopped by the state Capitol to talk with fellow Democrats. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (left) and Patty Murray meet in the wings of the state Senate on Feb. 20, 2012. Cantwell was coming out of the Senate Democratic Caucus after talking to its members and Murray was going in. They were in the state on the President's Day recess, and both stopped by the state Capitol to talk with fellow Democrats. (Jim Camden)

The older I get, the more I say: "In my lifetime, I wonder if I'll see."

I often focus on the things that seem impossible, such as women priests in the Roman Catholic faith tradition.In 1982, when I was a journalism fellow working in Congress through the American Political Science Association, I wondered if I'd ever see very many women in Congress, especially the U.S. Senate, where there were just two in 1982 -- Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas and Paula Hawkins of Florida.

And so it was with wonder and gratitude I learned election day that as of January, 20 women will serve in the U.S. Senate.

Wow. And now I wonder, in my lifetime, will I ever see a woman president?

Stay tuned.

(S-R file photo of Washington state's two long-time U.S. Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell)




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