7 Conservative Women Share How They Empower Other Conservative Women
Image Credits: Courtesy of Breann Bates
This Women’s History Month, FFL is continuing to build up women and give them the resources they need to succeed. On top of this, we’re encouraging our readers to empower others. We reached out to some of the best young conservative women in the movement on what they’re doing to lift each other up. Here are their responses:
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Breann Bates, 18, Lake Minneola High School
“I empower others by standing up for those who feel too small to have a voice. Sitting down, looking someone in the eyes and letting them know that you are listening holds a power that too many people overlook. It’s about making sure others know that their thoughts and their concerns matter to you and that you are willing to fight for them.”
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Alana Bannan, 17 , Columbia River High School
“As I mature and become more active in politics, it is my mission to empower women- especially young women who have not yet gained their voice in politics. I aim to help the young woman who has a burning passion to advocate for the issues she cares about but has yet to gain the confidence to speak up about them. I have the desire to help these young girls because I was once just like them before Future Female Leaders helped give me the empowerment I hope to pass onto others. If I have helped just one woman feel empowered in expressing her views and advocating for what she’s passionate about, then my job will be accomplished.”
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“Although I am definitely new to activism in general, I hope that I am able to empower women by asserting that women are not locked into a single party’s platform or beliefs. The stereotype that all women are Democrats is a stereotype, and it’s time that conservative women publicly defy that. I want to show young girls, who, like me, adhere to conservative beliefs, that they’re not unintelligent or wrong just because they don’t fit into a preconceived category. It’s really important that we as conservative women demonstrate that we do support other women and want to empower women to be the very best that they can be. That, at least in our view, does not include encouraging a victim culture among our fellow women. I hope that through starting a chapter of Network of Enlightened Women at Temple University that I will help unite conservative female voices on my own campus to make a difference.”
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“I empower others by encouraging and fostering a sense of community and respect for each other and our country. I empower others by speaking out about and championing my conservative values and beliefs. I empower others when I give back to my community and those who have served our country. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, I whole-heartedly believe in service not self. Lastly, I empower others when I work with right-of-center groups on campus to champion free speech for all.”
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“I empower others through my faith. I have a passion for sharing the love of Christ in everything I do. We live in such a dark world, but being a light is so rewarding to me, as well as my peers. I feel that by striving to be positive, I empower others. A little positivity goes a long way! I also like to think that I empower others by providing compliments that I truly mean. You never know when people may need to hear that certain thing on that one kind of day. Personally, I try to empower others by choosing to see the good in people. No matter their mistakes, their past, their views, or their reputation, I firmly believe that everyone has something good about them. It is important to focus on the good, and find the positive attribute that makes the person unique. Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so as person sharpens another.” This verse comes to mind when thinking about empowerment. If we attempt to empower the people around us, we will become more empowered as well!”
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“To help others realize their potential, I support them. I tell them the truth. This is the most important thing I do for people: I am honest with them, and I expect full and complete honesty in return. By telling them the truth, I help them grow and realize their full potential. Further, I help them with their projects, and I try do this in person-not just over the phone or texting. Person to person contact is essential to reminding people that they matter. It always makes me happy to see the people I love: I miss them so much during the week. Especially when I go home to Nevada to see my family: I go to school so far away, so nothing makes my family happier than just spending quality time together.”
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Alexandra Scully, 23, Florida Atlantic University
“I empower others by encouragement. Verbally telling them how I am confident they can achieve and do anything that they desire. Letting them know they are valued in everything, and being intentional with them. I believe everyone has a purpose, helping people own their purpose is how I can empower them to take the lead.”
These young women are a true vision for leading by example, and we hope you’ll take what they had to say and use it to lift others up in your own life.
Danielle is a 20 year old political activist serving as FFL's Outreach Coordinator and OUTSET Magazine's Social Media Director. Danielle is a lipstick enthusiast, a Twitter addict, and enjoys coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.
Alexa is a managing editor of FFL. She is addicted to country music, online shopping, and politics. She is passionate about the young conservative movement and hopes to inspire other young women to get involved and change the world.