Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Paula Hawkins 1927 - 2009
Ex-US Sen. Paula Hawkins Of Florida Dies At 82
Paula Hawkins, who in 1980 became the first woman elected to a full Senate term without a family political connection, died December 4th.
Hawkins was a pioneering politician who positioned herself as a champion of children and equal opportunities for women and working mothers.
But the most memorable thing I remember from her time in office was that Hawkins "forced fellow senators to don bathing trunks when swimming in the Senate gym so she could work out at the previously all-male bastion during daytime hours."
Imagine the EWWWWWWW factor of all those senators cavorting in the buff...
Good gravy! The woman deserved a medal just for ending that despicable practice.