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Sen. Claire McCaskill: Calling men out, embracing fellow female senators

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questions witnesses during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Consider this an appreciation post for one of the twenty women in the United States Senate, of whom we just can’t get enough. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is known for her smarts, leadership skills and ceiling-shattering career (she was the first woman to serve as prosecutor in her Missouri county, and the first elected in her own right to the Senate in state history) but she also has comedy chops, too. Earlier this month, she was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in a video segment where she encouraged men to “just shut the hell up” sometimes. “It’s not that women don’t value your thoughts,” she explained. “It’s just that we don’t value all of them. The world doesn’t need your opinion on everything. For example: what women do with their bodies. Hush.” Senator McCaskill then added a few more things to that list, including Star Wars, Shonda Rhimes, “all art in general,” ethics in gaming journalism, and body-hair removal (see the full list at The Cut). In October, she brought on the laughs with her Cruella de Vil costume, accompanied by a tweet directed to the “haters.” There’s humor in self-awareness and this senator has plenty of it, which we love.

In her memoir, Plenty Ladylike, Senator McCaskill talks about the impressive bipartisanship among the women of the 114th Congress. Despite political differences, the group meets for dinners and other fun hangouts where they bond on a break from the boy’s club and last night, the group bowled at the White House — complete with embroidered team shirts. It’s refreshing to see politicians get along, especially in dorky shirts. Keep up the great work, Claire.

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