BY msnbc's Anna Tuman
It's been 20 years since 1992's "year of the woman," when 24 women took up seats in the House and four took up seats in the Senate. At the time, it was the contested Clarence Thomas sexual harassment hearings that in part had been given credit for the sudden rise in females getting into office.
Today, women have faced a similar situation as in 1992. Between the birth control controversy and the battle against female preventative care, Democratic Senators are seizing on these issues and using them to their advantage to once again gain traction on Capitol Hill. The DSCC has even come out with an ad accusing Republicans of a "war on women."
Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) joined Chuck to explain how 2012 could see as many as 20 female Senators in office, and to discuss the challenges of being a woman in office. Take a look at the video to see what Sen. Lincoln had to say.