We always hear so called liberal “feminists” decrying the patriarchy, the gender pay gap disparity and the disproportionate number of women CEOs in our workforce. When a liberal woman has an accomplishment, they are paraded around as a feminist hero. Why do we not hear from these same feminists when conservative women shatter a glass ceiling? Due to the pointed and politically biased feminist agenda, often times these women are not recognized for their accomplishments simply because they are conservative. Even worse, many are mocked and attacked based on their looks and other issues irrelevant to their achievements.

Bay Buchanan

Angela “Bay” Buchanan was the youngest person to serve in a presidential cabinet as Secretary of Treasury. President Ronald Reagan recognized her skills and included her in his administration. Though not much was expected of women in a political world dominated by men at the time, Buchanan overcame barriers and successfully advised the President.

Elaine Chao

Elaine Chao, now acting as Secretary of Transportation, was the first Asian-American to be appointed to a Presidential Cabinet under George H.W. Bush.  Immigrating to the U.S. as a child and tirelessly working in pursuit of the American Dream, she rose to the top and was tapped to be the Secretary of Labor.  This never seemed to be a huge story with the news outlets, even though her appointment was a significant moment in history for women and Asian Americans.  Instead, Chao has recently received scorn from protestors and activists in regards to Trump’s immigration policies, even being accosted outside of her home.

Condoleezza Rice

Under President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice served as National Security Advisor, becoming the first woman to do so. She then also became the first female African American Secretary of State under Bush’s administration. Why was Rice not praised by feminists? Most likely it is because she believes in conservative values and does not appropriately represent the liberal feminist agenda.  Throughout her service, politicians and media syndicates took jabs at her reputation. Newspapers and cartoonists even used racially charged depictions of Rice, such as Jeff Danziger’s cartoon in the New York Times in 2004.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is another prime example of the double standard in acknowledgment of women breaking ground in politics. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian American, after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal, to serve as a governor in the United States. Those on the opposite end of the political spectrum never seem to recognize her confidence, intelligence and achievements as a woman, Indian American and daughter of immigrants. If feminists really want a community of support and advancement for all women, then why are they silent with Haley’s endeavors?

Trump administration

Under Donald Trump’s administration, the hatred of conservative women seems to be at an all-time high. The disdain for President Trump’s agenda is projected onto anyone associated with him. Kellyanne Conway has been constantly ridiculed by the media, liberal politicians and others. Michelle Wolf, the comedian who attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, saidIt’s like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree. I’m not suggesting she gets hurt. Just stuck.”  Feminists have largely ignored Conway’s accomplishment as the first successfully run presidential campaign by a female campaign manager. Gina Haspel, recently chosen as the first woman CIA director, has also received almost no acknowledgment from the left.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also been mocked relentlessly, both at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and most recently when denied service at a Red Hen restaurant in Virginia.  In June, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant in Washington D.C. by protestors regarding immigration issues. The current Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi also received similar treatment at a theatre showing of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” 

United States Congress

Republicans have elected numerous women to positions of leadership. Elise Stefanik is currently the youngest woman ever elected to Congress serving in Washington D.C. In addition, she manages candidate recruitment for the House GOP.  Stefanik is the first woman to serve in the leadership role and is credited for the rising number of Republican female candidates running for office this year.  Mia Love, a representative for Utah, was the first African American female Republican elected to Congress. She is also the first Haitian-American elected to Congress from her state. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state is the fourth highest ranking Republican in Congress.  She serves as the House Republican Conference chairwoman, handling much of the media correspondence for the party. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers champions legislation for not only women, but for the disabled community. There are so many conservative women who are fighting the status quo in politics just as many liberal feminists are demanding.

The main reason these feminists dismiss and gloss over these powerful, conservative women is that they refuse their victimhood mentality. Modern day feminists act as though they are placed at a disadvantage in society. They put blame on men or anyone not sympathetic to their cause. Many of these women aforementioned became successful because they did not let anyone or any barrier stop them from their dreams. They worked hard with tenacity and grit; they ignored gender stereotypes. Every American should be proud that women are shattering the glass ceiling. We should be promoting these women as powerful role models for young aspiring girls.

Laynee P
CONTRIBUTOR

Laynee is a patriotic conservative living in Nashville. For most of her childhood, she grew up in Seattle and then studied government and politics at Wagner College in New York City. Coming from a military family, she has lived all over America in very blue cities. When she is not studying up on politics, she enjoys volunteering, running, music and spending time with her family.