For the House Republican women speaking Tuesday night, telling their own stories on national television was a chance to raise their profiles apart from Palin and Bachmann.
"I think it's important that people see that there is a broad spectrum of Republican women serving in Congress," said Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking GOP woman in the House as vice chairwoman of the Republican conference.
The main impetus for the Tuesday night speech-fest, they said, was Wasserman Schultz's charge that the GOP agenda was "anti-women."
"There's been some misconception about who are the Republican women," said Florida Rep. Sandy Adams, who as a single mother put herself and her daughter through college and went on to serve 17 years as a deputy sheriff in the Orange County.
"There have been some comments made about us," Adams added. "We are responding. We are not attacking women; we are women."
Since Republican women are fairly new to this whole feminist thing, only recently having traded in "feminazi" for "mama grizzly" and Phyllis Schlafly for Susan B. Anthony, it's understandable that they'd be confused about how this pro-woman thing works.
Like, for example, that contrary to Rep. Sandy Adams' apparent belief, a vagina is not, ipso facto, a feminist credential.
Or that the Republican Party's agenda of tax cuts for the rich and screw everyone else doesn't actually benefit women:
"The Republican agenda is indeed pro-woman," said freshmen Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D. "It is pro-woman because it is pro-small business, pro-entrepreneur, pro-family and pro-economic growth."
Or that redefining rape, defunding health care, and even fighting against tax incentives for breastfeeding is pro-woman.
Or that remaining silent when a woman is physically assaulted at a Republican rally is pro-woman.
Or insisting that feminist organizations are only allowed to call out sexism when it's leveraged against someone who shares their political ideology is pro-woman.
Of course, these newly minted feminists of the Republican Party want us to know that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann don't speak for them, so maybe it's unfair to hold them accountable for the insanity spewed by the dueling queen bees of the conservative fauxminist movement.
On the other hand, these women haven't exactly taken any stands against their party's blatantly anti-woman agenda, or against the lipsticked figureheads of their "We can be feminists too!" movement. They haven't signed on to any of the proposed legislation that would actually help women, like H.R.894, the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011. Not a single Republican woman has signed on to H.R.1519, the Paycheck Fairness Act. And as for their all-too-eager endorsement of denying health care to women, well, sorry, girls, but that's not very pro-woman either.
The Democratic Party doesn't exactly have a flawless pro-woman record either, of course. But, unlike the Republican Party, sending women back to the 18th century isn't part of its official agenda. Every pro-woman piece of legislation, even if it doesn't pass, is introduced and co-sponsored by Democrats. Just about every anti-woman piece of legislation, on the other hand, comes from Republicans.
So, Republican women, if you're serious about showing how pro-woman you really are, here's a suggestion: switch parties.