It's been a long, strange trip for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
From homecoming queen to state auditor to two-term U.S. senator in one of the most competitive states in the country, the journey has been an uphill battle.
McCaskill talks about navigating a political world dominated by men in her memoir, Plenty Ladylike.
Here's an excerpt from the book, in which she describes the challenges she faced as a female lawyer in the Missouri House of Representatives:
Plenty Ladylike, by Claire McCaskill with Terry Ganey