Let’s talk about Kellyanne Conway. Some view her as shrill; some view her as America’s savior; Saturday Night Live views her as comedic gold. Any way that you may see her, Mrs. Kellyanne Conway is a woman with incredible influence in America currently, and rightfully so. In addition to her extensive list of accomplishments as a pollster and conservative women’s empowerment as an IWF Board Member, she was the first woman to run a successful political campaign for the highest office in America, the President of the United States. And today, she was the first speaker at CPAC.
In her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, commonly known as CPAC, she addressed incredibly complex issues, such as being independent without feminism, the Women’s March, and the impact of the Trump administration on the conservative movement. Interestingly, she herself claims to not be a feminist, saying in her CPAC speech, “I was raised to be a very independent woman, with no one ever saying the word feminist”. She also claimed that feminism is ‘anti-man’ and ‘pro-abortion’.
However, in her charismatic interview with Mrs. Mercedes Schlapp, Conway was incredibly pro-woman, reminding her daughters and all other women in the room that there is still yet to be a female President, and encouraging us all to reach higher. She also commended Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for her willingness to be a public servant, which was a classy move by Mrs. Conway.
Conway also shared an anecdote from her past, when she was asked to speak on the topic of presidential debates as a pollster in her twenties. When she was asked her speaking fee, she simply said she would accept the same amount that her male counterpart would as she wished not to ‘undervalue herself’, which is not only a beautiful commentary, but important to women and a subtle statement on equality.
Today, at CPAC, Kellyanne Conway represented what feminism should be. She reminded us all that women are powerful, intelligent, equal, and more than just capable. She didn’t pander or play into gender politics, she embraced her gender, but looked so far past it that she never saw a single limitation associated with it. Although she claims not to be, Kellyanne Conway is who we should look to as a shining example of what feminism is intended to be about: equality, not handouts.