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August 9 2019

The Clintons’ new feminist book might ignore conservative women, but we shouldn't

via Washington Examiner
by Karin Agness

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are writing a book, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience. Their book will be released October 1, and feature more than 100 women of note.

Of the famous women, family members, and friends the Clintons will likely promote in their book, it is doubtful that many — or any — will be conservative women.

When the Clinton pair thinks of gutsy women, they might think of the far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The New York Democrat made history as the youngest woman elected to Congress last year, and embraces the “democratic socialist” label with pride. They might also admire more mainstream Democratic women like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

But what about Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who is shaking things up by leading an effort to get more Republican women elected? Or former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley? She certainly embodies the term “gutsy,” but something tells me Haley won’t be featured in the Clintons’ book.

Luckily, young women have a chance to make sure that all women, not just liberal women, get attention this year.

This August marks the beginning of the centennial celebration of women winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. In honor of this history, the Network of enlightened Women, of which I am president, is running an essay contest to give women the opportunity to reflect on the importance of this right and the many women who have made a difference.

To enter the essay contest, high school seniors and college women must respond in 600 to 750 words to the following prompt by Aug. 16:

This year, we begin celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in America. Women around the world still don’t have some rights that we exercise regularly here in America. What woman do you think has made the biggest difference in the history of America? Why? What can women in America and around the world learn from her? How can American women help support other women around the world?

Celebrating the 19th Amendment should include honoring the women who came before us — across party lines, not just on one side of the political spectrum. The right to vote is for all women, not just women who vote a certain way or support a certain set of candidates.

Students who submit an essay between Aug. 12-14 will have the chance to win a shirt with the slogan “Conservative Women Vote” as a reminder that the right to vote is not just for progressive women.

Conservative women can and should vote too.

We don’t know who the first female president will be, but conservative women certainly shouldn’t be written out of contention.





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