Barbara Mikulski Helped Lead the Pantsuit Rebellion of 1993

Back then, women were required to wear dresses or skirts on the Senate floor.

enator Barbara Mikulski, D-MD, speaks during an event to announce legislaltive reforms to help combat cell phone theft in the metro system on February 20, 2014 in Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Carmen Turner Maintenance and Training Facility, in Landover, Maryland.

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In 1993, when Barbara Mikulski had been a senator for five years, the Maryland Democrat flouted the rules by wearing a pantsuit on the Senate floor. 

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