After Sarah Palin declared that the "Mama Grizzlies" were taking over the Republican party, the media seized on the meme of Republican women as if they were an undiscovered species. Is there really anything new about this year’s crop of conservative female candidates, and are the Democrats missing their chance to be the real party of progressive women’s causes?

Joining us to elucidate the much-hyped phenomemon are two veteran political journalists who’ve spent years watching right-wing women as well as their progressive counterparts: Rebecca Traister, senior writer at Salon and author of the new book Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women, and Betsy Reed, executive editor at The Nation and co-editor of Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare.

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