Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney never having held a job “have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation.” Palin also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday the comments from the Democratic strategist and CNN contributor show the left does not respect “women’s choices.”

“The comments that Hilary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation,” Palin said, referring to Rosen’s statement that the wife of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has no credibility to speak out on women in the workplace because of her role as a stay-at-home mother.

“Why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them,” she said.

Rosen has no direct connection with the Obama campaign. But her statement on CNN that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” has set off a firestorm that even had the president and First Lady Michelle Obama racing to defend Romney — and stay-at-home moms.