Maggie Gallagher

Professor Claire Komives is another amazing woman speaking up -- a chemical engineer who teaches at San Jose State University. Her green research includes looking at ways to nudge bacteria to eat gasses implicated in global warming and turn them into harmless proteins.

"It really makes me mad to see Nancy Pelosi up there claiming to speak for me and all women," she told me. "This is an issue about freedom. Our freedom is being imposed on. It crosses a line."

Three thousand miles away in Virginia, Ramona Carter, a 46-year-old graphic designer, is also fighting mad and ready to speak for herself:

"This mandate is a complete overreach by the government," she said. "They have no right to coerce us (Catholics). Nancy Pelosi can't speak for all women."

This letter from women is nonpartisan, and I didn't ask any of these women who they support for president.

But it's probably women like these who are behind a huge underreported surge in Rick Santorum's support among women. A Gallup tracking poll is showing Santorum's support among women has increased by 12 points, catapulting him into a 10-point lead over Gov. Mitt Romney among Republican women voters.

President Obama, you don't speak for all women. Democrats who claim they do are insulting women's freedom and intelligence. And some of these women are fired up and fighting back.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.