Over an influential half-century in politics, Julia Butler Hansen powered through one glass ceiling after another

The Washington Legislature’s Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges in 1959: Seated next to Julia Butler Hansen is her vice chairman, Sen. Nat Washington. Standing, from left: Rep. Dewey Donohue, Rep. Ken Rosenberg, Rep. Daniel J. Evans (a future three-term governor), Sen. Louis Hofmeister, Rep. Lincoln Shropshire, Rep. Horace Bozarth, Sen. Bob Bailey, Sen. Al Henry and Rep. Joe Beierlein. (Washington State Archives)
The Washington Legislature's Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges in 1959 was chaired by Julia Butler Hansen. (Washington State Archives)

Political powerhouse Julia Butler Hansen crashed through glass ceilings and left a legendary legacy. One of her few losses was the defeat of a plan to span Puget Sound with a series of floating bridges.