Washington, DC - "Liberals talk a good game when it comes to the defense of women's rights as long as the woman is pro-choice, but Conservatives embrace the role of women in the top tiers of politics without giving them a litmus test on all the social issues of the day," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The widely read columnist Kathleen Parker put it bluntly in an Opinion Article this week in the Washington Post: "is a female politician worthy of women's support in public office even though she may be pro-life or might have spent her younger years at home raising her children?"
Parker moderated a panel discussion focused on the plight of "Conservative Feminists" at the Women Rule summit in the nation's capital.
"Yes, feminists can, indeed, be conservative. In fact, four of the six women governors in the U.S. today are Republicans, eight Lieutenant Governors are women and Conservative women made notable gains in both the Senate and House races in the recent mid-term elections. Meanwhile, Republican women picked up 47 seats in state legislatures across the country and Liberals lost 75 seats," Weber pointed out.
He said the mid-term elections showed that the Liberal tactic of accusing Conservatives of waging a "war on women" backfired.
"It backfired big time in Virginia where Democrat John Foust said he didn't think his Republican opponent for the U.S. House of Representatives, Barbara Comstock, had ever had a real job. Comstock knocked Foust for a loop, winning the seat 56% to 40%," Weber said.
One of the best known Conservative women in politics is Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota who is retiring this year. But, she'll remain active. "I didn't get sucked into the system of Washington. I didn't become a politician. I was a constitutional conservative," she told the Associated Press.
Larry Jacobs, a professor at the University of Minnesota, described her as innovative. "I don't think she leaves behind a traditional legacy in terms of monuments and buildings - I think she showed again and again her ability to mobilize new forces in politics."
Weber believes that the "new force" in politics are the Conservative feminists. "They have true grit and a passion for traditional values. Most of all, they stick up for their beliefs in the face of enormous odds."