Conservatives come from many backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and races. The one thing they have in common is conservation of American principles. These principals may be defined differently by individuals, but they all boil down to conserving freedom in the United States. FFL brings conservative women of all ages and backgrounds together. 10 members of the Future Female Leader Network shared what being a conservative means to them.

Stormi:

Being a conservative to me means at the core caring about other people. It means looking at my fellow Americans and feeling deeply that I want each and everyone of them to live successful and prosperous lives. It’s that compassion and care that makes me support capitalism, Pro-Life policies, and the second amendment. Because those policies are what ensure every child despite circumstances is given the opportunity to live, that each person can protect themselves and their loved ones, and that we can all try to be financially successful. Compassion is what conservatism is all about to me, and it’s what I think all of us should lead with. 

Kelley:

Being a Conservative means that I believe in our Constitutional Republic that protects the rights of each individual endowed on us by our Creator. I believe in the right to worship as I choose, and to keep and bear arms. I believe in small government and fiscal responsibility. And I believe that America is the most free nation on earth and will fight to keep it that way. 

Lela:

I’m a conservative because I believe in the power of hard work and individualism. People shouldn’t be judged on the basis of groups, but of character. After all, it’s up to you- not your groups- to take responsibility and work hard so that you can achieve your American dream. As conservatives, we believe that the United States is one of the best countries in the world, despite its many flaws. However, we’re always willing to improve and look to past mistakes in history in order to do so, which is why we believe in strong borders and an even stronger military, as that had cost the fall of Rome. I’m a conservative because I like capitalism, as it has turned many rags into riches and made us free, giving us our American dreams. I’m a conservative because I know that this country is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, which have given us the many freedoms and rights that all Americans value and caused many to come to our country.

Hannah: 

Being a conservative means standing up for the flag, kneeling for the cross. It means knowing despite its mistakes in the past, America is still the greatest place to live, which is why so many people come here illegally and legally. I also believe being a conservative means standing up for life, both born and unborn. Conservative means being against high taxes, open borders, and support the 1st and 2nd Amendment. 

Gwendolyn:

Being conservative to me means standing up for your principles. It’s all about standing up for individual freedom and the responsibilities that come with it. Being a conservative is to be strong, independent, and confident. It means standing up to those who want to limit your freedom. It means doing what’s best for our people. And it means standing up for America.

Hayley:

Being a conservative means fighting to protect traditional values that JUST MAKE SENSE! It means being level-headed and rational in your politics and understanding the long-term impacts of a decision. For me, it means aligning my values with God’s word and sticking to my guns (literally and figuratively). And, usually, it means being pretty cute, too 

Amber:

As a black woman in society that decided that conservative values are liberation for the American people. 

Madeline

I believe that we as humans and as Americans have a moral responsibility to help our fellow man- providing shelter, providing food, providing assistance and access to services. As a Catholic I was raised on the Beatitudes. Nowhere in them did it say we should subcontract our duties to a government, even one as good as America’s. To me, being a conservative means I would rather open my home to the family that lost everything, the woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, or the child from the foster care system… I would rather do that, than pay the government to offer impersonal assistance that may or may not be what they need to make a better life.

Sarah:

For me, being conservative is synonymous (coupled) with my hard-won battle to survive addiction and trauma. The day I stepped into life in recovery from drugs and alcohol, was the day I chose to take accountability for how I live my life. I see this as being the cornerstone of what it means to be a conservative. I love that being conservative means we exist on a spectrum. Being conservative means I belong to a community that has differing ideas about policy and lifestyle, but is united by the principles our country was founded upon: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For all. 

For me, being a conservative also means I value free and fair trade; I support policies that encourage American entrepreneurship and manufacturing. I believe in the power of the free market, and support policies that keeps the  government from having too much control.I believe it’s important to read between the lines and endlessly, I research online in order to find the truth and form my own opinions. And I aim to be open minded, while also standing strong in my beliefs. I know what it’s like to be ostracized for my beliefs. This has only served to further motivate me to promote freedoms of thought. I  am vigilant about not becoming victim to propaganda or engaging in groupthink.I value freedom of choice and self autonomy, Being a conservative means championing the smallest minority: the individual. 

Courtney:

It means standing up for what you believe in and for those who can’t. It’s means supporting the troops, backing the blue and listening to those with different ideas than you. It’s about having pride in our founding fathers but looking to the future with hope. It means acknowledging our country’s scars but learning from them to make life better for future generations. 

Whitney E
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Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.