This past weekend, the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW) held its 11th annual National Conference in Washington, D.C. The president and founder of NeW, Karen Agness, kicked off the conference Thursday afternoon by giving her welcoming and open remarks to all the attendees, which included representatives from 35 different states. Following Agness, the panel #Winning: How To Take Conservatism From Tired To Trendy took the stage. It featured The Heritage Foundation’s Michelle Cordero, Chief Counsel and Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network Carrie Severino, College Republican National Committee Chairman Alex Smith, and the Director of Television at the Republican National Committee Anna Sugg. These ladies spoke generously about the lack of conservatives on college campuses and in pop culture. The attendees got to hear how important it is to find a neutral balance of seriousness when discussing policy issues. Following the panel, journalist, commentator, and well-known comedian Kat Timpf addressed the conference to shed some light on the ridiculous nature of modern-day feminism. From pumpkin spice lattes to saying the word “too,” Timpf discussed the craziness of liberal feminist and the “difficult” lives they live here in America. She stated, “That’s the kind of idiocy that is being called ‘feminist” and people aren’t even mad about it.” Aside from her witty remarks, Timpf showed how easy it is to put a positive spin on all aspects of life, including handling the Left’s opposing views and harsh remarks.
Bright and early Friday morning, the crowd welcomed 13 different speakers discussing topics such as Making Capitalism Cool Again, Learning To Adult, and Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and Student Debt. The panelists explained to the audience how they use capitalism every day−on Snapchat, playing on their MacBooks, or drinking Starbucks coffee. “We have opportunities here.” Diana Furchtgott-Roth discussed, and made sure everyone was aware of the great economic prospects in the United States. In between panels, President of Conservative Women of America Penny Nance gave her speech on Feisty & Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women. She was adamant on exposing the REAL war on women and how ISIS treats women in the territories it controls. Nance left with encouraging the women to “read all the time and learn the statistics…then break out and lead.” Friday night ended with a Q&A with none other than political commentator Katie Pavlich. She answered many questions regarding working in D.C., becoming confident enough to stand up for yourself, and how to be tough in the liberal world. Her fierce persona left the audience feeling self-assured in their decision-making and ready to take on the world.
The National Conference left many young women feeling powerful and better than ever.
“The NeW National Conference was one of the best events of the year for young conservative women. Speakers and other NeW chapter leaders inspired me to lead and to be unafraid to spread the pro-woman and conservative message of NeW when I return to campus this fall. NeW has given me courage.” – Paige Lisicki, President of NeW at American University.
The wonderful speakers taught everyone in the audience to be unafraid to challenge the status quo and stand up for themselves no matter the situation. They helped these women believe that there are more people out there that agree with them than they think. I know every conservative woman left D.C. that weekend with conservative pride.