Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. I try to remember this gratitude all year long, but this week is an especially important time to express it. Here, a handful of the many political women and events most deserving of a hearty "thank you."
The fact that women were instrumental in shaping the agreement that broke through the gridlock demonstrates beautifully why we need more women in positions of leadership in Washington and around the world in order to bring insight and balance to our greatest challenges.
What if women ran the House GOP? No really. What if they did? We probably wouldn't hear quotes like this about the federal shutdown, courtesy of House Republican Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) -- "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."
Asking if men -- for whom societal structures have been working pretty favorably forever -- can "have it all" strikes a nerve with some women. Rightfully so. Perhaps it is because women are what's missing from this budding Daddy Wars conversation.
Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.
There are 535 people in Congress total. Simple math tells us that that less than 19 percent of our representatives are women. Women account for slightly more than 50 percent of the population of the United States. By any stretch of the imagination women are still woefully underrepresented.
I am hopeful that the combination of an unprecedented female leadership in Congress and the opportunity for our own voices to break through will make sure women's rights and status in society are fully equal to men's and truly secure all over the world.
Women may be our best chance at breaking through disastrous partisan gridlock. In a dozen other settings, Washington women continually put aside partisanship to jointly lead caucuses or committees, dine together regularly, and take turns batting and fielding.
With record numbers of women in the 113th Congress, will we see more female chiefs of staff? Will having more women in leadership positions result in better workplace policies? Could all of that lead to a more functional workplace overall?