This story is part of Ravishly's "Pantsuit Politics" weekly round-up of female politicians in the news.
The ugly misogynistic history of politics is enough to make any woman want to stay very far away. But for some brazen women, staying away isn't an option; the only choice is to enter the fray and affect change from within.
In anticipation of International Women's Day, we decided to compile some rousing quotes from women who've battled the worst kinds of sexism and come out on the other side. We all owe a great debt to them.