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Women’s History Month Should Honor All Women, Not Just Democrat Ones

Gabriella Hoffman
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Women’s History Month is now in full-swing.

The first mention of this month-long celebration came in March 1981, but was enshrined in the Congressional record six years later.

As American women, we are afforded many innumerable rights and privileges our counterparts across the globe can only dream of. Despite some of the problems inset in this country, as it relates to women, we still have it pretty good. We vote. We start businesses. We drive. We empower others. We get elected to office. We lead movements. We protect ourselves against attack. And in some instances, we are more educated and paid more than our male peers.

It’s not a perfect system, but it’s seen as a paragon of excellence and beacon of hope for women elsewhere around the world.

Women’s History Month is lauded as a month-long celebration honoring women of all backgrounds, abilities, viewpoints, experiences, and accomplishments. Empowered women make this country great. Who could argue with that? Nevertheless, this month feels like it’s only catered to left-leaning, Democrat women.

Women Aren’t Politically Monolithic, Don’t Feel Democrats Represent Them

Observers believe this month celebrates all women, regardless of their life choices and political voting habits. Sadly, conservative and independent-minded aren’t heralded or acknowledged by many mainstream women’s groups for their many contributions to society during the month of March. Culture and media don’t celebrate independent-minded women who deviate from the Democrat Party creed. That’s incredibly sad.

While women vote for Democrats compared to their male counterparts, not all women feel represented by that political party and corresponding “women’s movement” they’ve established. It’s also true some women don’t view themselves as Republicans either but rather, incline themselves to libertarian or independent-thinking.

Although there are 89 Democrat women compared to 13 Republican women currently serving in the House of Representatives — including 35 new Democrat women added to the roster last November—this isn’t a fair political representation of women voters. It’s a problem Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) hopes to address with her new political action committee (PAC) in upcoming elections. Here in Virginia, there are efforts to elect principled conservative women to the General Assembly.

Yet, for all this talk about women, many publications are upset with white women continually voting for Republicans. Take Vogue, for example. They can’t wrap their heads around why white women voted for Republicans during the 2018 election cycle:

The latest gut punches, courtesy of CNN polling: In the Georgia governor’s race, an estimated 75 percent of white women—more even than white men!—voted for Republican Brian Kemp, who is passionately pro-life, over Stacey Abrams, a staunch protector of women’s reproductive rights, while 97 percent of black women supported her. In Texas, 60 percent of white women cast their ballots for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a supporter of alleged assaulters President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh, over Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is dedicated to improving women’s health care. (Ninety-four percent of black women backed O’Rourke.) The numbers were similar in the Florida governor’s race, where 51 percent of white women voted for Republican Ron DeSantis, who has voted against equal pay and the Violence Against Women Act, instead of Democrat Andrew Gillum, who wanted to protect no-cost birth control in the state. Just in case the pattern was unclear: Way more black women—82 percent—chose Gillum.

Many women — myself included — don’t feel represented by the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, or Ilhan Omar, much like we don’t feel represented by radical feminists, many Hollywood starlets, and other figureheads who claim to speak for all women. Some of us look to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N and Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD), and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as good examples of inspiration. Many women deviate from the far-Left agenda of high taxation, tax-payer funded abortion, illegal immigration, increased government spending, gun control, radical environmentalism, and more, for example.

Conservative, independent, and libertarian women are thinking: why can’t we get some love too? Our perspectives matter and shouldn’t be silenced.

Independent-Thinking Women Are Turned Off By Socialist Origins of Similar Holiday

Coinciding with Women’s History Month is International Women’s Day, which sadly has socialist origins.

University of Chicago has a timeline chronicling the origins of this event:

1907 The Early Beginnings

1909 The First National Woman’s Day in the US

1910 The Second International Conference of Women

1911 International Woman’s Day in the US and Europe

1912 Bread and roses!

1914-1916 War-Time Campainging

1917 Massive Demonstrations in Russia and the first official Woman’s Day in the USSR in 1922

Post 1945 Celebration in the Communist World and change to plural.

1975-1977 International Women’s Year in 1975 and the first UN International Women’s Day

2014 IWD is now celebrated more than a 100 countries

International Women’s Day’s website says the day marks the occasion to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”

They add, “No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.”

Moreover, they note:

International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

Despite this, IWD doesn’t subscribe to its message fully. Why? It generally leaves out conservative, independent, and pro-life women’s groups. Instead, these groups celebrate these occasions on their own accords.

Last March, the Republican National Committee highlighted some of the many contributions of conservative women in Congress, the administration, in business, and elsewhere for Women’s History Month. This RNC video highlighted women who “Lead Right” and are changing the political landscape:

Similarly, pro-life organizations encourage their supporters to showcase how pro-life women like Susan B. Anthony and similar suffragettes helped defined this country.

Moreover, women have helped lead the gun rights movement. Second Amendment rights advocate Jenn Jacques noted their contributions as follows:

Women’s interest in guns began increasing in the 1980s, coinciding with more women entering previously male-dominated professions like law enforcement and corporate America. As women became more independent, taking control of their careers, finances and living arrangements, home defense and personal protection became an increasing concern. 

In October of 1989, after covering the Gun Rights Policy Conference for Machine Gun News, Sonny Jones was inspired to launch Women & Guns—a groundbreaking magazine written exclusively for female gun owners. Sonny wrote almost the entire first issue herself, 16 pages of black and white print with no ads, with a focus on an in-depth feature article on concealed- carry options for women.

Catering to established female gun enthusiasts and eager to tap into a new market of women who were interested in but intimidated by guns, Smith & Wesson introduced the LadySmith line of revolvers marketed specifically to women as lightweight and designed for smaller hands in 1989. Gun manufacturers quickly jumped on board, seizing the opportunity to gear their marketing campaigns to the strong, independent women of the ’90s.L

Honoring Politically and Culturally Underrepresented Women This Month

It’s important to celebrate women who are truly pro-choice—ones who choose their destiny free of government force and ones who freely choose motherhood, careers, or both.

Elevate women who’ve embraced and succeeded as a result of the free market. Despite voices to the contrary, many women have praised and benefitted from free enterprise.

Acknowledge the pro-life women who comprised the suffragettes who paved the way for the 19th Amendment. Their contributions matter.

Honor the women carving a space in the outdoor industry—the female fishing guides making waves, hunting trailblazers, and gun-toting women who are helping to deter crime.

Give credence to non-Democrat female elected officials who are making a difference in their localities and districts. Their perspectives are welcomed and needed.

And so on.

As a conservative, I’m allowed to feel and be empowered. Through my work in the outdoor industry, I’m adamant about elevating women who hunt, fish, or partake in shooting sports—even moderate and Democrat ones. Fishing and hunting tend to bridge the political divide among Americans —especially women. That’s why I started my Facebook Live series, “Sportswomen You Ought to Know.” I’d like to think many women across the aisle believe in elevating all women, regardless of creed or politics. If not, perhaps those individuals should sit out on conversations about elevating our peers and make room for ones who do.

Looking for conservative/pro-life women’s groups to support or join? Check out Future Female Leaders, Independent Women’s Forum, Susan B. Anthony List, and Concerned Women for America for starters. Plus, these are some great podcasts for conservative women.

Let’s give credence to the accomplishments of all women this month—including conservative, Republican, and libertarian women.

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