WOMEN
08/28/2012 10:54 am ET Updated Oct 28, 2012

A Guide To The Ladies Of The Republican National Convention

The 2008 Republican National Convention arguably belonged to Sarah Palin, who gave the speech that (thankfully) would later prove to be the apex of her political career while her daughter Piper (awesomely) styled her baby brother's hair by licking her hand and rubbing it on his head. Will the 2012 RNC have a similarly powerful female-led moment? Let's meet the conservative women who might give us the next world-stopping convention speech. Some are rising party stars, others are long-established career politicians, and at least one has already become a hilarious Reddit punchline, but all of them are worth knowing -- and paying attention to.

Mia Love

What's her deal? The mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love is a rarity in her church, her state, and her party. A Brooklyn-born woman of Haitian descent, Love has expertly steered her city from a blink-and-you'll-miss-it blip on a map to a rapidly growing small city with the highest bond rating possible. She's the first ever black female mayor in the history of Utah.

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