Your weekly roundup of conservative women wins this week is here! This week was a big week for conservative women. Let’s break it down.

Carly Fiorina Offers Leadership Training to Nonprofits, Sits for Interview with WaPo

Since dropping out of the Republican primary for president in 2016, Carly Fiorina has been dedicated to returning to her roots and giving back to communities. The first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, Fiorina and her foundation Unlocking Potential are dedicated to offering leadership trainings and tools to nonprofits. Last week, she brought her trainings to western Massachusetts, where over 19 organizations learned how to lead more effectively, boost their problem-solving skills, and help their communities.

Fiorina also sat down for an interview with The Washington Post, where she was asked about her feelings on the 2016 and 2020 elections, female empowerment, leadership, and how to respond to personal attacks. The most important passage I want to highlight is her response to a question about “conservative feminism”: 

A feminist to me is a woman who chooses to live her own life by her own standards, whatever that means. It could mean she’s a CEO, it could mean she’s a home-schooler, mother of five. But on her own terms…I mean, my candidacy was called offensive to women by women’s groups. When women are challenging each other’s feminism based on politics, we disempower ourselves.”

AL Governor Kay Ivey and Ivanka Trump Celebrate Apprenticeship Program

Ivanka Trump visited Alabama last week to tout the apprenticeship programs in place to train students for manufacturing jobs. She traveled to participate in a ceremony transferring Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program to the National Association of Manufacturers’ education arm. Both Trump and Lexandra Lutz, a student in the program, appeared on Fox News to talk about the program. Governor Ivey tweeted support to Lutz and other manufacturing programs in the state that allow students to explore trade schools and apprenticeships.

Senator Capito Chairs Subcommittee Markup of Spending Package, Priorities Included in Final Senate Package

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and presided over a markup of her FY2020 spending bill. She was able to secure funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This package includes full funding for President Trump’s border wall. It also includes a larger budget for ICE to maintain their detention centers. The full Appropriations Committee also approved her spending package, prompting a celebratory tweet from President Trump.

Secretary Chao and Representative Stefanik Announce Funding for Seaway Visitor’s Center

At an event on Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) announced federal funding that would provide for the construction of a visitor’s center along the St. Lawrence Seaway, a waterway that links Canada and the United States. The center, which would be built in Massena, NY at the Eisenhower Lock, would promote tourism to a region so critical in Canadian-U.S. trade. The ceremony was held to honor the 60th anniversary of the seaway, which is comprised of a series of locks and dams that link the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Secretary DeVos and Sarah Huckabee Sanders deliver speeches at Michigan Republican conference

At the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference last weekend, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered speeches to hundreds of Republican leaders and activists. DeVos spoke on how the federal government needs to stop making decisions that should be made at the state level and emphasized that parents are in the best position to make decisions for their childrens’ schooling, not the federal government. Sanders was a keynote speaker for the weekend, cracking jokes about her tenure in the Trump administration and issuing warnings on what a blue wave in 2020 would mean for our futures. 

Bonus nods:

  • Second Lady Karen Pence created a personal Twitter account! Make sure to follow her @KarenPence.

  • Fortune’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Politics featured 11 GOP women. It included many of President Trump’s cabinet secretaries and senior advisors. Caroline covered the list on Future Female Leaders. 

Jillian K