Since becoming involved in politics as an open conservative, I have been labeled as “anti-woman” more times than I can count. This could be because I don’t support Planned Parenthood, don’t believe in the wage gap, and don’t believe in voting for someone solely based on gender. These things do not make me anti-woman. I am a woman who supports women. To me, this means knowing that women are fully capable of achieving what they want to without needing a boost up. No, I am not a woman against women and here’s why.

1) I do not support Planned Parenthood, but this does not make me anti-woman.

This is not a pro-life versus pro-choice matter. This organization was founded on terrible intentions. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote in an article titled Morality and Birth Control that birth control must, “Ultimately lead to a cleaner race.” In a letter written to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, another advocate of eugenics, Sanger wrote, “We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” These examples make it clear that Sanger did not want to improve women’s healthcare. She founded the organization with racist intentions. These are just two of many reasons why I do not support Planned Parenthood. Women do need to receive proper healthcare, just not from an organization that was founded on racist intentions.

2) An ongoing issue, especially for women, is the wage gap.

While it may be true that women make .77 cents for every dollar that men make, we must look at why this is. First, women are more likely to study health, education, and social work while men are more likely to pursue computer science and engineering degrees, according to NPR. Second, it is proven that men spend more time at work than women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor, “On the days they worked, employed men worked 52 minutes more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women—8.4 hours compared with 7.8 hours.” The wage gap doesn’t account for facts like these, making it a false statistic. The U.S. government passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, making it illegal to discriminate and unequally pay women and men for the same occupation.

3) I refuse to vote for someone purely based on gender.

I look at several things when researching a candidate – policies, strength, and experience just to name a few. Gender is not, and will never be, among these things. When I put my support with a candidate, it is because I believe that they are the best person for the job. Women are making their mark on the political world.  I cannot wait to see the day that a strong, deserving woman takes the White House. So no, I am not anti-woman just because I don’t jump to vote for someone based on their gender.

Yes, I am conservative and yes, I support women. In an interview with Elle, Sophia Amoruso, author of Girl Boss, said the following:

What can change is how a woman commands respect, and how a woman shows up and doesn’t see herself as ‘the woman in the room’ and behaves that way, just as another contributor at the table.

Don’t see yourself as the woman in the room, but an equal contributor. I am a woman who does not want special treatment, superiority, or favorability because of my gender. I will earthings due to my individual skills and strengths. This is not to say that discrimination in nonexistent in the world.  We should call things out where we see them. However, it is also vital to research the facts and draw conclusions from there. In the United States, women have been on the rise for decades, and it is only the beginning.  

Being a conservative woman does not make me “anti-woman,” no matter how many times you may say it.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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