Conservative women represent a growing political force, thanks largely to the leadership of Sarah Palin, says policy guru Michelle Easton.
“More and more conservative women are stepping up into leadership roles, in part because of fabulous role models like Sarah Palin,” says Easton, founder and president of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute organization, which works to promote conservative women.
Other women who inspire conservatives include Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, author Ann Coulter, former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan, and author Michelle Malkin, Easton tells Newsmax.TV.
Palin is a great role model because she is so normal, says Easton, who served for 12 years in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
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“She has a life of her own, worked her way through college, married, and had children. She was called to serve in government because she was troubled by what she saw going on.”
Just like Palin, “A lot of conservative women are troubled by the state of political discussion and leadership in the nation today,” Easton says.
Palin proves that regular women can succeed as conservatives, she explains: “Any woman can step up and be a leader for conservative principles.”
Big government is turning many women conservative, as it greatly intrudes into people’s lives regarding education, healthcare, mortgages etc., Easton says.
“Most women can’t afford to sit back and let others do it anymore, because the government has become so immense that it interferes tremendously with a normal life.”
Women have had enough of the government taking so much of their family income in taxes, rules, regulations, permits, licenses, etc.
Again, Palin is a role model for women who are ready to act, Easton says.
The heavy portion of tea partyers who are women — 55 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll — shows they’re becoming conservative activists, she notes.
“Their involvement in the tea party movement is a direct reflection of President Obama and his administration,” Easton said. “We know what’s best for you, and big government is the best approach. Women have had enough of that.”
The idea that women lean Democratic is false, she says, pointing out that Reagan won a majority of female votes in both of his presidential wins.
“Democrats better stop this mischaracterization of women’s issues, meaning liberal left-wing positions,” Easton says.
“The great majority of women are in line with what Sarah Palin says. Most women by nature are conservative.”
The liberal mainstream media is demonizing Palin because she doesn’t fit into their false stereotyping of women.
“These women aren’t liberal. They’re conservative. They [the media] are pulling out their hair in frustration that these women can be so successful. So they have to attack them,” Easton says.
Palin shatters the media’s illusion of women as liberal as “NOW (National Organization for Women) type women, feminist women, Hillary, Pelosi,” Easton says.
“Conservative women totally reject most of that statist approach.” So what does the media do? “Attack them viciously,” she said.
Easton’s Luce Institute tries to help collegiate women who are conservative. It is difficult for these women because most women in leadership positions at colleges and universities are liberal, as are most professors, she says.
“There are no conservative role models there, so we provide role models.”
The institute has a calendar of important conservative women available on its websitewww.cblpi.org/, and all have spoken at student events.
“We have role models promoting ideas most conservative women are interested in hearing about,” Easton said.
Women at colleges are being told that if they want to succeed, they must be liberal or at least hide their conservative views.
“We tell them, no you don’t,” Easton said. “You can step forward, and we’ll help you.”
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