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Female senators from both parties have a “pact of civility”

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Barbara Mikulski

You know how some folks like to speculate how things would be "if women ruled the world?" How we'd all be more communicative and gentler, have no more war and lots more baked goods? Well, they might be on to something. 

In this, one of the more polarized, barb-slinging epochs in recent political memories, the seventeen female senators currently serving have all joined an informal "civility pact" in which they basically vow to be nice to each other. 

The pact was started by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md), the longest-serving female senator, and it's reinforced in perhaps the most civil of ways: dinner parties. For the last year, the women have been meeting regularly to eat and talk with a few rules — no leaks, no staff members, no memos, and no men. In Sen. Mikulski's words:

"We committed to maintaining a zone of civility here within the institution long before it became the chic thing to do."

This by no means rules out political disagreement; serving members range far and wide on the political spectrum. It just rules out taunt-slinging, character assassination, and cries of "You lie!" in public, in favor of actual political discourse and community. 

Those wacky "feminists" might be on to something after all.