09/05/2012 05:41 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2012

It's All On the Table. That's What We're Talking About This Week

I think a lot about what's at stake in this election -- especially what's at stake for women. It's all on the table, from birth control to equal pay.

And the fact is, the contrast couldn't be more clear. We can re-elect President Obama, who we've seen stand up for women time and time again. Or we can let a Romney/Ryan White House send us back to the Dark Ages.

Madeleine Albright, the first woman Secretary of State, said it just yesterday about as well as you can: "I can't understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney."

I wish that I could say that President Obama could stop the Republican War on Women on his own. But without a Democratic House and Senate, we're still in danger. And that's no secret, because Todd Akin could still be elected to the Senate.

And we know that Akin is no outlier in the Republican Party. This is a party that is flatly out of touch with the issues that impact women. And with both the House and Senate up for grabs, EMILY's List is taking action and making the difference, helping our fully-endorsed women candidates win in twelve competitive primaries.

We're fired up. Ready to win. So are the more than 1.6 million members of our community. Because electing pro-choice Democratic women matters. They've blazed the way forward on crucial legislation. Title IX. The Family Medical Leave Act. Child safety laws. They wouldn't exist today without the pro-choice Democratic women we fight so hard to elect. To sum it up: EMILY's List women are building a more progressive America and holding the far Right accountable.

This week in Charlotte, this is what we're talking about. It's going to be women voters who reelect President Obama. It's going to be women voters who keep Democrats in control of the Senate and help us win back the House. And it's the EMILY's List women candidates who will be the ones we rely on to fight for us in Congress every single day.

Make sure to stay up-to-the-minute by following the Convention highlights right here:

We've also partnered with Marie Claire magazine to host an all-star Town Hall event on Wednesday. I'll sit down with actress and activist Ashley Judd, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional candidate Val Demings for a conversation moderated by Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles.

We're talking about women's leadership, running for office, and answering your questions. So watch and ask questions live, TODAY, September 5 at 1:15 PM. Join us!

At the end of the week, when we wrap up in Charlotte, we'll still be fighting. There's just too much at stake to take a minute off. We're going to bring this election home for the President and for the rights of women and families around the country.