Kelly DittmarKira SanbonmatsuSusan J. Carroll / CNN
Do the differences between 1991's Judiciary Committee and today's, especially when it comes to gender, matter? Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, makes a case for why it does. "I think it is easier for a female member to imagine what it's like to be victimized, to be disbelieved, disregarded, and retaliated against," she says. "It is something that they can imagine happening easier than many of our male colleagues who can't imagine ever being victimized or disbelieved or disregarded because they've never experienced that."