WOMEN
01/07/2015 09:26 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

The Secret History Of Women In The Senate

UNITED STATES - APRIL 08:  From left, Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Kirsten G
UNITED STATES - APRIL 08: From left, Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., conduct a news conference on the Senate democrats unwillingness to cut funds to women's health services that are sought by House republicans. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina’s junior senator-elect. But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only. Why? Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked.

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