March 13, 2012 1:28 AM

Commentary: How do we end this war on women?

When I first came to Capitol Hill in 1976, my father pulled me aside and warned me about the environment I might face. "Laura," he said, "Don't let men push you around. You have as much right to your job as any man." He prepared me for a hostile work environment, not just on Capitol Hill, but in many workplaces. Back then, women were routinely disrespected, sexually harassed, belittled, and underestimated, especially if they were in a job normally given to men.

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