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A woman's place - Is in the Senate | Historical 19 women grab seats in the upper chamber

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Image from a quicklink The victories of Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin and others were a triumph for women's rights -- A couple of weeks ago, there were three words projected on the US Capitol building by a feminist group: "Rape is rape." It was momentous, but only to a point.

After all, by then President Obama had already repeated that feminist mantra rejecting a hierarchy of rape: In August, he'd announced that "Rape is rape" in response to Todd Akin's blithe invocation of "legitimate rape." Three days after the words appeared on the Capitol, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's talk of rape and God's gifts gave the president occasion to say it again. Rape is rape. You could complain that this was still being debated in 2012, and many did, but why would profound disruption come fast or easy? No, it was an urgent dividing point, and the president himself had chosen a side...

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