What is happening today is profound. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is waging a determined battle on behalf of American women who are under attack from Republicans on a long list of issues that deeply concern tens of millions of women.

In a recent column in The Hill I suggested that women are going to play a potentially decisive role in 2012. The battle is escalated today, with Republicans battling against issues of concern to a majority of women, and Harry Reid battling for them.

I am proud of Reid for leading this battle, and warn Republicans that if they shut down the government over matters important to women, a majority of voters in America, who are women, will not forgive Republicans for a very long time.