Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee and the liberal poster-child, stated last week that the female speakers at the Republican National Convention were in “shiny packaging” intended to “distract voters.” In her own words:

“I think we believe that women can see through that nice shiny packaging that the Republicans have been putting out there, through to what’s inside, which is really a disaster for women’s future, extreme policies.”

Not surprisingly, I vehemently disagree with the DNC chair, and I believe she and other liberals who continue to buy into this farcical “War on Women” need to seriously examine the legitamacy of their “pro-woman” argument.

As an aside, I would first argue that the conservative belief of women paying for their own contraception —rather than expecting insurance providers and the federal governent to do so— is far from an extreme policy and a “disaster” for women’s future. I would consider condoning the practice of sex-selective abortions (Representative Wasserman-Schultz voted against a ban on sex-selective abortions this past May) extreme and a disaster for unborn baby girl’s futures.

Schultz thinks female speakers at the RNC were just “shiny packaging.” I believe the conservative women who spoke in Tampa represent everything an American woman should strive to be— leaders empowered by education, faith, and integrity.

Mia Love, Governor Susana Martinez, Ann Romney, Governor Nikki Haley, Condoleeza Rice, specifically, also embody the idea that level of success isn’t determined by what neighborhood you’re born into, your race, your net worth, it’s determined by hard work and self-determination— though the outcome for everyone may not be the same, the opportunity for success is available to all.

Mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT and candidate for U.S. Congress Mia Love’s parents legally immigrated to the United States in the 70’s with $10 in their pockets, and the “desire to find what they considered to be the ‘American dream.’” Love’s parent’s worked tirelessly to build a better life for their children and told Mia, “Your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.”

In a recent interview, Love summed up the idea of equal opportunity and the promise of America: “This [America] is the only place where you can come with very little money in your pocket and go out and create something. Only here, that you are not predestined to be poor.”

Ann Romney was the daughter of a Welsh immigrant who, in America, “saw hope and an opportunity to escape poverty.” He became mayor of his town and started a business. After marrying, the Mitt and Ann Romney lived in a basement apartment during their college years. Ann became a supportive wife, and a mother of five boys. And unlike the liberal media would like to have us think, Mrs. Romney hasn’t had such an easy road. She’s a breast cancer survivor and currently fights multiple sclerosis.

Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico told the audience at the RNC of her humble beginnings, as the child of immigrants who lived “paycheck to paycheck” and then became successful business owners. She worked as a prosecutor and later, district attorney. In 2011, Martinez became the first female governor of New Mexico, and the first female Hispanic governor in the United States. In Tampa, Martinez said she “never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America. Y, en America todo es posible.”

And Condoleeza Rice, too, came from humbling beginnings—segregated Birmingham, Alabama. To the RNC, she said: “Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect…on a personal note—a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham—the most segregated big city in America—her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant—but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter—she can be President of the United States, and she becomes the Secretary of State.”

These are just a few American women who refuse to buy into the Left’s narrative of female victimization and dependency on government. Love, Romney, Martinez and Rice embody the idea that women are strong, women are independent, women are successful—and they don’t need the fedreal government’s assistance to be so, regardless of where they came from.

Liberals claim to be totally pro-woman—defenders of the rights of women, and on the frontlines against the “conservative war on women.” Yet, for being so “pro-woman,” the attacks on these conservative women who spoke at the RNC are, in a word, deplorable.

Liberals cry for conservatives to stop the “hate” and to be more “tolerant” and less “bigoted” and yet we have individuals like actor Jason Biggs tweeting absolutely vulgar remarks (of which I will only post a link to an article to here—warning, they’re extremely graphic) about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan. Those on the left who apparently have way too much free time on their hands edited Mia Love’s Wikipedia page to apply racial slurs and other offensive labels, including calling her a “dirty worthless whore.” Twitter was buzzing with more vicious tweets directed at Ann Romney, many wishing death upon her, or wishing she would “kill herself.”

Seriously, America? Have we stooped so low that we wish death upon those we don’t agree with? Can we no longer discuss ideas but only issue disgusting slurs and insults towards towards our ideological opponents?

And then there’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim, while thankfully not as vulgar as other attacks on the female RNC speakers, that these conservative women are nothing more than “shiny packaging” to distract voters. It appears that the “pro-woman” rhetoric we hear from the Left applies only to those women who are liberal, who agree to submit to the narrative of female victimization, who agree that they are “owed” free contraception, and who agree to be dependent on the federal government. The only “war on women” occuring in this country is a liberal attack on women who choose to blaze their own trail, rather than depend on the government to do it for them.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, perhaps the conservative women who spoke at the RNC could be called “shiny packaging” but only if it was used to describe them as the embodiment of the values that have made America the most free and prosperous nation on this Earth. These women didn’t expect or want government handouts, they sought empowerment through education and faith and hard work. These women didn’t want to be seen as victims, but wanted to become leaders—and they have.

If liberals truly were “pro-woman,” I would think they would be up in arms over the vicious and mysogynist attacks against Ann Romney, Janna Ryan, Mia Love, and others. Ironically, while the likes of the DNC chair and other “war on women” proponents are busy demanding handouts and preaching victimization and entitlement, conservative women such as those who spoke at the RNC are the ones creating opportunity as leaders, and inspiring women like myself to be individuals of faith and integrity.

Sarah Hinds | Webster University | @Sarah_Hinds76