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Women in the spotlight on first night of RNC

Ten of the roughly 20 speakers featured Tuesday night were women, including keynote speaker and aspiring first lady Ann Romney.

Where is the GOP war on women now?

Republicans brought their female superstars in force on the first night of their national convention, featuring conservative women from rising GOP celebrity Mia Love, a congressional candidate from Utah, to South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, a tea party stalwart.

In all, ten of the roughly 20 speakers featured Tuesday night were women, including keynote speaker and aspiring first lady Ann Romney. The message of the night–apart from the ‚??we built it‚?Ě theme–was clear: Republicans embrace strong women and need them in the party.

Sher Valenzuela, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Delaware 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.)

Small business owner Bev Gray

Mia Love, candidate for Congress in Utah’s Fourth District

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Actress Janine Turner

Luc√© Fortu√Īo,¬†First Lady of Puerto Rico

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Ann Romney

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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