Conservative Women Can Be Feminists Too

Women are running for president in both major parties. This bipartisan acceptance of female candidates would surely make the suffragettes proud.

Unfortunately, many in the modern feminist movement do not celebrate this progress so much as clarify which female leaders are allowed to call themselves “feminists.” The movement needs to rethink this exclusive mentality, which ignores the diversity of female perspectives.

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina isn’t your run-of-the-mill feminist. She’s pro-life. She’s religious. She’s Republican. But she’s not your run-of-the-mill conservative female politician either.

Since the beginning of her campaign, Fiorina’s narrative has revolved around working her way up the corporate ladder to become CEO of Hewlett Packard. This is in stark contrast to 2012 Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, who lists the roles of “wife,” “mom,” and “foster mom” on her Facebook page before her roles as a small business owner or former congresswoman.

There is nothing wrong with a woman who is proud of her role as a wife and mother, but there is something refreshing about a Republican woman who refuses to cling to that narrative, even if it’s what the Republican establishment expect.

So what about those issues where Fiorina will clash with mainstream feminists; most notably issues of reproductive freedom?

Read the rest on the PanAm Post blog here.