Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Caroline Craig graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 with her degree in criminal justice. Right after graduating, she joined the team at Turning Point USA as a North Carolina field director where she signed up over two thousand students. Her hard work and dedication to conservative values earned her a position at the North Carolina General Assembly as a legislative assistant. She now manages the representative’s office and is the point person for constituent services. She spends her free time volunteering at a domestic violence and sexual assault center and advocating for pro-life policies.

Caroline Craig has been a Cabinet Member for Future Female Leaders for four years and shares the message of conservatism to young women through social media, writing articles for the Future Female Leaders website, attending events, and speaking on panels.

When asked about Caroline Craig, Amanda, the founder of Future Female Leaders, shares “It is such a pleasure working alongside Caroline Craig. There are two big things I admire about Caroline. First, her passion. She is never afraid to use her voice for the issues she’s passionate about whether it’s feminism, pro-life causes, or sexual assault. I have seen first hand how that passion has inspired many others to stand up and use their voice. Second, her ability to never meet a stranger. She has always made every member of the Future Female Leaders community feel welcomed and valued at events and conferences or even on social media. She gives meaning to the phrase – empowered women empower women.”

As a part of the next generation of conservative women, we sat down with Caroline Craig to ask her questions about trending issues, stereotypes conservative women face, and advice she’d pass along to new activists.

Name: Caroline Craig

Age: 25

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

What issue are you most passionate about? 

Pro-life. This was an issue that has always been of interest to me but it was just on my heart earlier this year that being a pro-life advocate is what my passion piece is.

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

“Forgive and forget.” I believe that you should forgive once and always remember. Always remembering doesn’t mean dwelling on it but rather just moving on and keeping it in the back of your mind when you work with someone or something again. 

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

The biggest myth/stereotype that surround young women today is that we are fighting against ourselves. There is this weird paradox that if you’re a woman, then you must be Democrat because they fight for women and Republican don’t. I think that is wholly untrue and I find Republicans fighting for life, for job creation, and for tax reform that allows me to keep more of the money I have earned. I feel like those are inherently more pro-woman than allowing women to determine the fate of their children and the outcome of many of their policies are making women dependent on government. 

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

We are our own people. We think for ourselves, we fight for our beliefs, and we aren’t going to roll over because it’s not what people expect of us. More and more of us are finding our voices and it won’t be long until you see a surge of conservative women at the forefront of Republican politics.

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

Stop taking things personally. In the past, I let the words of people who didn’t know me affect me. I let the insults get to me and I took their criticisms of my looks and life seriously. I regret ever letting their opinions get into my head.

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

Conservation efforts. I appreciate the focus on climate change, but conservation of land and water goes with that. I have always been very protective of marine life and have been very conscience of trash on beaches at a young age. Now, it’s so much more than that and I think it gets lost in the more glamorous topics like gun violence or jobs. Conservatives were the original conservationists and we should continue that legacy.

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

The Lord. It’s cliche to say but it’s so true. I can be having the worst day and then I remember that God crafted me from His hands and I’m here to serve a purpose much higher than my own.