This is most of the 61 women of the Democratic House caucus.
Favoring hues of deep reds and blues, they gathered in the chilly January air, waving to old friends and greeting the new. They laughed and joked, cheekily inviting Representative Barney Frank, a departing Democrat from Massachusetts, to hop in the picture. (He politely demurred.) At one point, a young male aide to Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, scurried up to grab some of the members’ coats, juggling the fur and wool throw-overs in his left hand while trying to snap iPhone photos with his right.
As latecomers wandered up, the women called for the photographer to wait, pointing out the stragglers.
There will be 20 women in the Senate and 81 in the House – a record. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is among the missing from the photograph, however.
But Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida emerged from the House moments too late, just as the group was dispersing. However, all was not lost; the photographer took some shots of the late arrivals, and the caucus plans to Photoshop them in.
What did we do before Photoshop? And don’t the women who did make it look wonderful?
Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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