I think her chief motivation was to be the only woman in the room. Foreign policy was perfect because it was (or at least seemed to be) entirely male oriented. She practically orgasmed on that elevator going to see 'Ron' surrounded by all dudes. My overall impression is that she was a supreme mysoginist. I can't think of one woman she seemed to like. She looked down on, used and/or dismissed every single one of them.
Phyllis' family was another way to feel superior to those around her. If she gave a crap about any of them, she wouldn't be dismissing her sister-in-law's effort, care and contribution literally every time we saw the woman on screen. I got some fanfic going on in my head about her and the man who approached her outside the hotel.
Stupid Pamela not being able to deal with her abusive shithole of a husband was just another way in which Phyllis was better. Gag me.
I did really enjoy Blanchett in the backstage during that godawful anti-feminist, anti-gay skit. Was that her closeted son on the piano during it?
Effective was just the word that came to mind. I got slightly misty eyed when Bella called Shirley. "Hold the door open for those coming after us." But starting with the footage of real events, the run, Houston, the TV debate and so forth, yeah, my vision got blurry.