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Women are literally the only people to show up to work at US Senate after blizzard

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After a Blizzard rocked the US East Coast over the weekend, the nation’s capital was largely shut down. Amid the chaos, traffic jams, and gigantic piles of snow a few “hardy” individuals made their way to work. These brave US Senators had one thing in common: They were all female.

“Perhaps it speaks to the hardiness of women that put on your boots and put your hat on and get out and slog through the mess that’s out there,” said Alaskan Senator (R) Lisa Murkowski.

She and her colleague from Maine, Susan Collins, were the only two who made it into work. You can see Senator Murkowski running the Senate in this great video.

Women around the world are massively underrepresented in government. While the number of female national legislators around the world has doubled in the last 20 years, women still only make up 22% of elected legislators. As of August 2015, 11 women served as head of state and 10 served as head of government.

The United States is actually below the international average, with women making up only 19% of Congress. On a list compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the US ranks #75 in the world for female participation in the national legislature. Notably Rwanda (63.8%), Bolivia (53.1%) and Cuba (48.9%) are the only nations with representation that are close to the world population’s actual breakdown.

The presence of only female US Senators the day after a blizzard may be an anomaly but in the words of Senator Murkowski, “something is genuinely different—and something is genuinely fabulous.” Absolutely fabulous.

Nations around the world will benefit in countless ways if and when they give women equal opportunities. After all, showing up to work is just a small benefit.