Blackburn Praises Feinstein For Breaking Barriers For Women

Republican Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn remembered her late Democratic colleague, California senator Dianne Feinstein, as a feminist pioneer.

Blackburn said that upon her arrival to the Senate, she had been contacted by Feinstein, who had stated something to the effect of, “I was the first in California, and this is what I’ve discovered by breaking those barriers, and this is what I’ve found from being in the Senate.”

When questioned about Feinstein’s legacy at The Hill’s Powerful Women over 50 event, Blackburn remarked, “When you shatter a barrier, you don’t accomplish it simply for yourself and your friends. You’re breaking it for all women.”

Blackburn, Tennessee’s first female Senator, noted that Feinstein, although from a different party, welcomed her to Congress. At Blackburn’s election, Feinstein, California’s first female Senator, indicated a willingness to mentor and offer advice.

Several influential women over 50 spoke at a Thursday event, advising women of all ages to succeed in their careers and life. The conference provided a platform for women to demonstrate that they had plenty to offer the world even after age 50.

The moderators were NewsNation hosts Ashleigh Banfield and Elizabeth Vargas, The Hill’s national political writer Julia Manchester, and Banfield’s co-host Elizabeth Vargas.

The other six attendees were: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Melissa Rivers, producer and TV host; Angie Hicks, co-founder of ANGI; Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Obama Foundation; and Lesley Jane Seymour, media entrepreneur and CEO of CoveyClub.

Blackburn addressed the unique challenges women face when working in traditionally male-dominated fields.

She argued that women needed more education. Women must become more informed and confident in their abilities to secure an equal seat at the table. It’s possible that they won’t always have access to that table in Congress. We work hard to make sure we’re included in meaningful discussions.

According to Blackburn, women should work to increase their visibility and support network in their local communities. They’re letting us in on their worldviews, political stances, and methods for dealing with difficult situations.