Liana is a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and is studying communications. She is currently interning at the foundation for a regional hospital, focusing on composing content for a pediatric cancer research fundraising initiative. She enjoys reading and writing, and she especially loves writing for FFL about an array of topics ranging from her politics to her faith.

Liana Imparato has been a Cabinet Member for Future Female Leaders for two years and shares the message of conservatism to young women through social media, writing articles for the Future Female Leaders website, co-authoring the popular series Conservative Women Weekly on FFL, and attending events with FFL.

When asked about Liana Imparato, Amanda, the founder of Future Female Leaders, shares “Liana truly represents conservative women well. She’s principled, bright, kind, humble, strong, and articulate. She is a prolific writer and I am always amazed at her ability to articulate hard topics. I know that Liana has a bright future ahead of her.”

As a part of the next generation of conservative women, we sat down with Liana Imparato to ask her questions about issues she’s passionate about, misconceptions, and advice she’d pass along to new activists.

Name: Liana Imparato

Age: 20

Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

What issue are you most passionate about?

There are several issues I’m very passionate about, but abortion remains at the top of my list. I am vehemently pro-life, a position supported by science and logic, and bolstered by my faith. While the loudest voices in the abortion conversation currently seem to be swinging further and further to the left, I think it’s important to find common ground on this issue — especially because polls have shown that the country as a whole largely agrees on restrictions to abortion access after certain pregnancy milestones.

What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given?

To fight. People have framed the conservative cause — and politics in general — as a battle. I’ve been told to fight for it, to speak up every single time there is an opening. And maybe to some, politics is a battle; but if it is, I want no part in it. Of course, I agree that conservatives should speak up — but I think it’s okay to be quiet, too. There is so much value in listening to people, especially if they have differing opinions; it’s a dangerous thing to be caught up in the echo chamber. I’ve learned that it’s far more productive to approach a political encounter as a conversation, not a fight.

What do you think the biggest myth/stereotype that surrounds young conservative women in today’s political environment?   

A lot of the myths peddled about conservative women boil down to people dismissing our intelligence. If we’re conservative, we simply do not know enough to have made an informed decision; supposedly, if we did, we would be liberals. This is a ridiculous notion, and a demeaning one at that. Just like the many conservative women I know, I’ve done my research. My conservative affiliation is an informed one, and for anyone to insinuate otherwise is simply false.

What do you want the world to know about conservative and Republican women?

We are here! Conservative women exist, and we are informed. Most, if not all, of the conservative women I have worked with and known lean to the right because they’ve made the decision on their own — not because they were pressured to, and not because they’ve never evaluated their beliefs. 

What is something you wish you could tell yourself just starting out on your political journey?

I would tell myself to listen. Read from all sides of the political spectrum, tune into all sides of an argument and weigh them. I’ve always leaned heavily to the right, but I think there is a lot of room for bipartisanship; to work across the aisle, we need understand and evaluate the opposite side for areas of compromise.

What issue, in your opinion, doesn’t get enough attention? 

While I think the abortion issue receives plenty of attention, I think the pro-life side does not get enough honest attention. People immediately cast pro-lifers aside as unintelligent or hating women; that is not often the case. If people on the other side laid down their swords and tried to have a genuine discussion with us, they may just realize that a great deal of pro-lifers are rational and compassionate people. I hope in the future that the pro-life cause receives attention that is free from vitriol and is covered truthfully.

What is something that brings you confidence, no matter what?

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39