Could it be? Is it possible the door has been opened (thanks, Sarah) for right-leaning women to come crashing through the door to challenge the left on what they’ve come to believe they own: America?
Apparently so. Welcome South Dakota’s Kristi Noem, who has raised twice as much money as her Democratic opponent, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin. (You can always tell a female Democrat from a female Republican by her insistence upon keeping her name.) And then there’s Washington’s Jamie Herrera, who holds the edge over Denny Heck.
It seems women on the right are a new force in America. Their existence isn’t new, but their public appearance is. This is due in part to the fact that women are having fewer children today and thus have more time to devote to politics.
Of course left-wing women (a.k.a feminists) have always been in the limelight. That’s because they’ve been dissing the traditional role of women for years and pining for power outside the home. Thus, they’re more visible.
Conservative women tend to stay home with their kids and only become visible once their children are older. Their drive to enter politics is also different. It’s not usually because they crave power but because they love America’s traditions. And with things being the way they are today — with the left-wing establishment having sewn their damaging seeds — conservative women feel they have no choice but to step up to the plate.
No doubt Sarah Palin paved the way. When you’re forced to fight the left-wing establishment, it’s certainly easier to travel in packs.
Suzanne Venker is co-author of the forthcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Smart Women Know – and Men Can’t Say (WND Books). Her website is www.suzannevenker.com.