Limbaugh later apologized for the remarks, saying he went too far, but Democrats seized on the comment as characteristic of the Republican position.
"Some conservative commentators thought that women would be silenced by sexist rhetoric and by these types of accusations," Fluke said at the forum. "And I have to be honest that for a brief moment, I worried that that could potentially be successful, that young girls would see how I was treated in the media and conclude that they should just keep their mouths firmly shut and stay out of the way, lest that happen to them. But women of all ages proved me wrong."
At the forum, hosted by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Fluke called for more women in public office who would be "focused on representing how policies will affect all" women.
"And this doesn't mean that it should be a political litmus test, that they need to be Democratic women or they need to be Republican women. But there should be a litmus test that they be pro-women," she said. She defined "pro-women" in her speech within the context of "family planning" policies, including promoting more access to birth control.
Fluke credited Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Lawmakers using leadership PACs as 'slush funds' to live lavish lifestyles: report MORE (N.Y.) as political role models for her generation.
Her comments were first reported by Daily Caller.