Sometimes women get a bad rap in Washington (Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, to name a few). Elizabeth Warren has joined the ranks of rising women who have been snubbed by powerful men in politics, including President Obama. Though the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was her idea, she wasn’t picked to run it. Republicans called her a liar at congressional hearings last spring. Shunned in Washington, she’s now in Massachusetts battling Republican Scott Brown for his Senate seat—and she’s determined not to let bullying get her down. After a verbal spat over Brown’s nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan, the contenders are going head to head, with Brown leading by only three percentage points in one poll.