Republican women have been told time and time again that we’re the “wrong kind” of women. That we betray our gender because we stand on the right side of the aisle. Many of us have pushed back against that narrative. Our politics are not the determinant of what “kind” of women we are. We’re no less women simply because of the way we vote.

Yet for all the frustration that narrative causes, we end up doing the same thing to each other.

Here at Future Female Leaders, we like to feature a wide variety of women in the Republican Party. That includes the ultra-conservative ones, the moderate ones, and the more progressive ones. The GOP is a big party with a spectrum of beliefs that fall within its scope of fundamental ideals. And yet, without fail, there are people who point at certain women within the party and cry, “Her! She’s not the right kind of Republican!”

It’s true that the Republican Party has a standard platform of ideals. And it’s true that it would be difficult to claim to be a Republican without standing beside basic principles like free markets, personal responsibility, limited government. But the problem is that we end up nitpicking, jabbing our fingers at people who sway from the cookie-cutter Republican model, and deciding that they don’t belong.

The Republican Party is not a one-size-fits-all party.

Republicans are not obligated to agree with everything the President does simply because he has an R beside his name, and the same is true for any official who bears the Republican Party name on the ballot.

No, Republicans are not bound to stand by every policy the party outlines.

Republicans can believe that more restrictive measures be taken with gun control, or they can stand against these policies.

They can advocate for environmental policies.

Republicans can support immigration reform.

They can sit somewhere in the middle of these solutions.

Bottom line: we’re different but still united by our core principles. 

Those who stray from the exact norm do not necessarily belong any less to the party than those who abide by every letter of the party’s policies. We don’t do our party any favors when we cast aside certain people simply because their beliefs are slightly more traditional or progressive.

We have a host of ideas at work within our party. The most productive way to deal with them is not to toss the different ones aside, but rather to pay attention to them. We benefit from compromising on our policy differences, on allowing that which divides us to instead pull us together to find common ground.

Liana I.
FFL Cabinet
Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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