Only in Washington would anyone ask this question: Can a woman be both feminist and conservative? Why, yes, she can!
But the question does deserve a more serious answer so women can stop fussing over labels and litmus tests to determine whether a woman who doesn’t fall in line with feminist ideology can be useful to society. Specifically, is a female politician worthy of women’s support in public office even though she may be pro-life or might have spent her younger years at home raising her children?
This may seem an absurd question on its face — because it is. But in reality, conservative women face far greater obstacles to public service than their more-liberal counterparts primarily because of reproductive issues. EMILY’s List, for example, anoints women candidates for public office (Translation: Are they pro-choice?) and has clout in the political realm. Conservative women needn’t apply….
Why should smart conservative women essentially be blackballed by liberals based on whether they are liberal or conservative enough on this single issue?
~ Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, December 9
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