Adding women to our legislative democracy can make Congress work better. We would never see the partisan game-playing that horrifies us if half the members of Congress were women. And certainly those who abuse women... or allow it to continue... would be held accountable.
Yes, women have moved beyond the title of "secretary" but we haven't reached our full governmental stride where the title "Madam Secretary" is commonplace. With all the movement in the women's movement, the time is ripe to change that.
It's rare for any women leader to suggest openly that in some ways women might be more capable leaders than their male counterparts, but one does have to wonder: If these women were in charge, really in charge, would things be so different?
Rather than standing down, women are stepping forward in greater numbers than ever -- as activists, as donors, and as candidates. In fact, 2012 is actually poised to be a historic year for women candidates.
If all or even most of this class of women senators were to win in 2012, it would be historic, easily the highest quality group of new women senators ever. Progressives should do everything we can to rally behind them and help carry them to victory.