Numerous strong, conservative women have written either one or multiple politically charged and informative books. As a strong, conservative woman myself, I would like to highlight a few of my favorite books by some of my favorite conservative women. These are empowering books that I think every conservative should read.
Settle For More by Megyn Kelly
The title of Kelly’s book was inspired by something she heard Dr. Phil say during an Oprah interview. Many are not aware that Kelly experienced bullying in the 7th grade after the death of her father during her teenage years. Kelly had always dreamed of a career as a journalist. After being denied by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications, she entered the Maxwell School of Political Science. She would later go on to graduate from law school. Kelly writes of her struggles through law school and moot court, her struggles as a TV journalist and in her personal life. In each difficult situation she pulls from her past struggles to get her through her current struggle. May her book inspire the next generation of empowered women to “settle for more.”
There Goes My Social Life by Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash has fought against the odds her whole life, from her personal life to her professional life. In her book, she tells how one tweet, sent in support of the Romney/Ryan ticket when Romney ran for President against Obama in 2012, not only caused her to undergo unprecedented attack because she wasn’t supporting the black candidate, but also launched her into political stardom. After experiencing numerous failed relationships and marriages, Dash surrendered her life to the Lord. The unique thing about Dash is that no one taught her republican values. Dash supports republican principles and values because they make sense her. Today, Dash is known as far more than the girl from Clueless.
Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate by Kimberly Guilfoyle
In this book, former prosecutor, Kimberly Guilfoyle, currently co-host of The Five on Fox News, teaches you how to build and present “your case” in the best way. This is a must-read self-help book for every girl boss and even for those who aren’t career driven. Guilfoyle teaches you how to apply her strategies to both your personal and professional life, including how to best advocate for yourself in friendships, dating and relationships. Lastly, she reminds you to pass it on, and teach others how to advocate for themselves once you make it to the top.
Tied Up In Knots by Andrea Tantaros
In her book, former co-host of Fox News’ Outnumbered, Tantaros demonstrates how feminism and the pursuit of female equality has hurt not only women but men also. It emphasizes that the female pursuit of equality at the office has caused our love lives to suffer. Furthermore, Tantaros points out that women have sought to be and do everything the way men do in the name of equality, forgetting that they are in fact not men, but women. It is here that women find themselves caught between traditional feminine desires (marriage, children etc) and the demands of society to conform to modern feminism.
Let Me Be Clear By Katie Kieffer
This book came out in 2014 following the re-election of Barack Obama as President. In her debut book, Kieffer writes to her own generation, millennials. She draws an analogy to which she adheres throughout the entire book. Kieffer compares the way Barack Obama seduced the millennial generation to the way that Bill Clinton seduced Monica Lewinsky. She carries this analogy throughout the book, addressing a different topic in each chapter, tackling issues such as healthcare, college educations, the military and many other topics that specifically pertain to the lives of the millennial generation. Kieffer goes on to explain that there is hope for millennials, but we must be willing to work for it. This is still an important read even though we are no longer in the days of President Obama. The vision of hope Kieffer paints is still possible today.
Assault and Flattery by Katie Pavlich
Again this is not a new book, but it is still relevant today. The left’s war on women, especially conservative women, still rages on to this day. Pavlich lays out several areas in her book, in which the left paints conservative women as being on the “anti-women” side of things. These areas include healthcare and equal pay. I would now add to this list, abortion. Any conservative who is pro-life is automatically “anti-woman” as labeled by the left, it would seem. Pavlich also lays out the history of how the Republican Party has been historically pro-woman. The book also looks at previous administrations who have “waged war on women” including Kennedy, Clinton and Obama. Pavlich concludes by praising a group who is truly pro-woman despite their demonization by the left, the NRA. The arguments and issues that Pavlich addresses in her book, are still relevant today, as the left has not relented.
The Smear by Sharyl Attkisson
In her book, Attkisson dissects how people, ideas and movements are taken down by what is known as ‘the smear.’ Themes and accusations are continually repeated in the news media, despite whether they are true or false, until they are believed as truth by the overwhelming majority, regardless of their validity and truth. Political operatives use the media and perpetuate fake news to manipulate and control the messages seen and heard by the public which ultimately influences the way they vote. Attkisson not only details past “smears” and those involved but looks at the recent 2016 presidential election and dissects how operatives on both sides employed smear tactics to their benefit.
And The Good News Is by Dana Perino
From White House Press Secretary during the Bush administration to the Fox News studio, Dana Perino details lessons she has learned that have carried her throughout life. While the book follows her career in politics and journalism, it is not an overtly political book. Someone who is not a politics nerd will not get bored, but it has enough of a political flavor to keep the politics nerd from putting the book down. Perino’s book will please everyone political and not political. She discusses the lessons she has learned and continues to carry with her as well as practical advice for restoring civility to our conversations both political and not.
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