The lawyer and activist is not vying for a congressional bid just yet, but says she will be able to accomplish more in the California Legislature than in Congress. Her national profile has certainly been on the rise since 2012.

Virginia state senator Richard Black thinks that spousal rape should not be a crime. And he's running for Congress. UltraViolet responds and asks public to take action. Yet, with all the bad press, you'd think some Republicans would keep their foots out of their mouths.

The year 2012 had a record-high percentage of women running and being elected to political office. Still, the September 2013 State of Women in America report shows we still have a long way to go to achieving equality.

Leaders aren't just born, they're made and The New Leaders Council helps create them by training and mentoring outstanding progressive leaders. These young leaders all share big dreams to change the world of politics.

Ann, a one woman Broadway play about an eccentric former Texas Governor, will be the first reading assigned to club members. Senator Kirsten GIllibrand hopes to engage women and empower them through important conversation.

Despite important gains for women in 2012, sexism persists in our society, and women face ongoing challenges in the year -- and years -- ahead. Here at VITAMIN W, we asked women thought leaders in various fields the following questions: where are women going in 2013, and what do you hope for women in the fields of comedy, politics and journalism? Their answers after the jump.

A new infographic from the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics looks at how women candidates fared in state legislatures during the election. As the graphic notes, "This year marked an unprecedented number of women in government, including women in state legislatures." Indeed, women are now 20.5 percent of state Senators and 25.3 percent of state Representatives.

A new infographic from the National Journal's Brian McGill, Fawn Johnson, and Ryan Morris examines gender discrimination among women in Washington. The publication surveyed professional women working in the executive branch, Congress, and the private sector and found that 73 percent of respondents said that "men have more opportunities than women." (Only 1 percent said women have more opportunities than men.) Check out the full findings after the jump.

Barbie: little girls love her, adult feminists love to hate her for her unrealistic proportions and seemingly insatiable hunger for boys, clothes, and everything pink. But Barbie has gotten a few makeovers recently that paint her as a strong(er) woman: first as a presidential candidate and then as Katniss Everdeen from the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise. Both dolls have pros and cons. Read about them after the jump.