November 2, 2015

Women in and of the World

American journalist, author and political commentator, Cokie Roberts sat down with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress, dean of the Senate women, and the first woman to serve as Chair and Ranking Member of the US Senate Appropriations Committee, for a conversation on leadership.

The interview was recorded live to tape at the U.S. Senate Recording Studio on November 2, 2015, and covered several topics spanning the Senator's long and distinguished career.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski

For three decades, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has served in the U.S. Congress and been a strong supporter of women's issues.

Born in 1936, Barbara Mikulski grew up in East Baltimore as the daughter of a grocer. She graduated from Mount St. Agnes College in 1958 and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 1965. In 1976, she won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1986, Mikulski became the first female Democrat to win election to the Senate. She is currently the longest-serving woman senator.

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program "This Week". Roberts also contributes political analysis for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.