03/08/2012 02:39 pm ET Updated May 08, 2012

International Women's Day: Don't Get Mad, Get Elected

As Chair of the California Democratic Party Women's Caucus, I decided to respond to the latest series of outrages against women by making an International Women's Day resolution to channel anger into action.

On International Women's Day, I believe that each woman in the world must use this as an opportunity to step up and fight the good fight. For our health. For our jobs. And for our future.

Here in California, across our country, and around the world, women have two choices: either we can get mad or we can get elected.

Now there's plenty reason to be mad -- we've got forces who are trying to restrict voting rights, restrict women's health, and restrict workers' rights on the job. We've got an economy that does not reward upward mobility as well as it could and we have far too few women seated at positions of power at the leadership table making decisions about our future.

But we can also get ourselves elected. Because now more than ever before using digital media, using our social networks, using our know-how and being positive examples to one other, women can help women get elected and make a difference

So if you know a woman leader in your community, back her up and help her reach higher. And if you know a girl in your community, help her reach for the stars and be all that she can be. On this International Women's Day, we must resolve not to get mad but to get elected.