The New Conservative Feminist Movement

Gone are the days when women only entered politics because their politician spouse died.

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Gone are the days when women only entered politics because their politician spouse died. Now we see women entering public office on their own after becoming moms, PTA presidents, breast cancer survivors, small-business leaders, CEOs, heads of nonprofits, you name it. Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast, recently said, "It almost feels as if all these women winning are kind of a blow to feminism." It may be a blow to old-school liberal feminism, or to the National Organization for Women's political agenda, but I don't see how electing highly competent women with real-world experiences as business leaders, educators, or caregivers is a blow to women.

Haley, likely the next governor of South Carolina, put it well. "We are long past the day of electing someone because they look good in a picture or they hold a baby well," she said. "If they are not going to fight for the taxpayers ... then we don't need to have them. It is time that we look at what it means to be conservatives. And that's not bailouts, that's not stimulus packages. It's not Washington."

We've moved past having women in the workplace or in politics as tokens. Women are now the biggest voting bloc and the biggest economic power in the United States and are increasingly limited-government conservatives on the center right, not on either the far left or right. They're leading the way to a new, post-feminist world.

No matter what your political views, you have to agree we've moved past Friedan's "problem with no name." And win or lose, this election cycle is a great thing for women everywhere.

  • Check out our editorial cartoons on Sarah Palin.
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  • See the women of the Senate.