15 Conservative Female Trailblazers

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Dana Loesch

“Let me be clear: A woman has the right to make a mess for the medic out of any attacker. It’s the occupational hazard of being a rapist: You may get shot by your victim. And rapists deserve it. A woman has the pro-choice right of self-defense.” – Dana Loesch, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America

Dana Loesch is the current spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association which is the largest Pro-Second Amendment organization and oldest civil rights organization in the United States. Loesch is a political commentator and the author of Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America. After the Parkland, Florida shooting, Loesch gained attention because of her unwavering defense of the Second Amendment in the midst of erroneous accusations that the NRA buys politicians.


Sarah Huckabee-Sanders

“The only ‘War on Women’ I see is the one that’s being waged against every woman and every female that is close to this President.” – Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, via Fox News

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders is the daughter of the Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. Her political career started when she worked as the Ohio Field Director for the Bush Campaign on his reelection in 2004. She worked on her father’s presidential campaign in 2008, and now works as the Press Secretary of the United States in the Donald Trump administration. Sanders regularly faces criticism for her work on Donald Trump’s behalf. Despite the character attacks thrown at her for being a woman in the Trump administration, Sanders gives straightforward, no-nonsense responses to a relentless press.


Taylor Swift

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.”-Taylor Swift, via Marie Claire UK

Taylor Swift is the world’s biggest pop-star, but she started her career as a 16 year old country music singer-songwriter. Her words captured the hearts of young women everywhere and launched her into superstardom. Swift has not been outwardly conservative, and she tends to avoid politics. However, some of Swift’s fans have speculated that she is a conservative and she  has donated to pro-life organizations in the past. Taylor has supported law enforcement agencies and has a big heart for military personnel. This was crystal clear in her 2012 “Ours” music video when she portrayed a military girlfriend on the day of her partner’s homecoming.


Condoleezza Rice

“Let’s not turn women into snowflakes. Let’s not infantilize women.” –Condoleezza Rice, via CNN on #MeToo

Rice served honorably as the Secretary of State in the George W. Bush Administration. In 200,  she was appointed as the National Security Advisor under George W Bush, and in 2005 she was appointed the first African American Secretary of State. She is the author of many books including No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington. Rice certainly broke many glass ceilings, but most notably being the first African American and woman as Secretary of State. Rice never let her identity as a black American define her and regularly fought against identity politics.


Shirley Temple Black

“I’ve been blessed with three wonderful careers: motion pictures and television, wife, mother and grandmother… and diplomatic services for the United States government.” –Shirley Temple Black, via PBS

Shirley Temple Black started acting at age 3 and captured the hearts of millions of people during the years of the Great Depression. She most notably starred in “Bright Eyes,” “Poor Little Rich Girl,” and “Heidi.” After her incredible acting career, she went on to author books and even run for office. She ran for Congress as a Republican for the suburban San Francisco area, but lost the race. However, this run put her into the political spotlight outside of her entertainment career. She was in President Nixon’s 5 member delegation for the United Nations General Assembly in 1969. She later served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. She continues to touch the hearts of many even four years after her death and should be considered a graceful role model for all young women.


Nikki Haley

“Do things that are uncomfortable to do. I say that because women tend to step back from things they don’t know about. And the second, most important, one is, push through the fear.” –Nikki Haley

Haley is the current United States ambassador to the United Nations and is going viral for defending the interests of our country in a direct and blatant manner. She is the daughter of two Indian immigrants who saw first hand that hard work pays off to create the American dream. This obvious demonstration of conservative principles carried her well into becoming the first female governor of South Carolina while still having a family of her own.


Carly Fiorina

“If someone believes they are limited by their gender, race, or background, they will become more limited.” –Carly Fiorina

Fiorina followed her own path by dropping out of law school, and climbing the ladder from AT&T trainee to the first female CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina campaigned to be a U.S. Senator from California in 2009 and was the only female of 16 Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential race. Fiorina has always been a strong advocate of the definition of feminism that simply allows women the right to choose their own paths in life.


Mia Love

“According to liberals, I’m not supposed to exist. I know that I am going to be a target for the left. I have something to say to them: ‘Game On.’” –Mia Love

Love serves as a congressional representative from Utah, and her conservative roots come from the example her parents set her. She has served as a representative since 2012 because she felt so strongly about promoting the conservative values her parents instilled in her. In addition to many other prestigious awards, Love was listed a “Marilyn Musgrave Defender of Life.”


Rachel Campos-Duffy

“As a minority living in the upper Midwest, I’m very offended by the patronizing racial division that the Democratic Party is sowing.” –Rachel Campos-Duffy

Campos-Duffy is the wife of Wisconsin representative Sean Duffy and mother to eight children. She advocates that Hispanics are natural capitalists due to the evidence of her own parents working hard as immigrants to the United States. She is the prime example of a woman who has it all, as she manages to raise her family while appearing regularly on The View and Fox News.


Bay Buchanan

“If you find a good man, don’t let him go.” –Bay Buchanan

Angela “Bay” Buchanan is the sister of political commentator Pat Buchanan. She worked to become the United States treasurer under President Reagan, largely because she knew exactly which battles were worth fighting and which were worth ignoring. Along with advocating other socially conservative ideals, she is one of the strongest modern advocates for the unborn.


Sarah Palin

We say keep your change, we’ll keep our God, our guns, our constitution.” –Sarah Palin

Palin is a strong supporter of the Tea Party grassroots movement. She served as governor of Alaska, and was the first woman nominee for Vice President of the United States, as well as the first Alaskan on a major party ticket. Eloping with her husband showcased just one way she is not willing to conform to what others want her to do. She is a strong advocate of public safety and economic prosperity.


Stacy Dash

“I didn’t get the memo that I didn’t have any rights.” –Stacy Dash

Dash chronicled her horrible upbringing and failures of the education system in her autobiography, “There Goes My Social Life.” Despite growing up surrounded by liberal influences as an actress, she was eventually able to look past the facade of identity politics thrown at her by other Hollywood elites, and she stood strong as a conservative despite the backlash. Recently she announced her bid for a congressional seat.


Dana Perino

“Choosing to be loved and to take the leap to get married younger than most of my friends was not a career-limiting decision for me.” –Dana Perino

Perino served as the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush. She served in several capacities in journalism before securing a position with the Department of Justice. Marrying her husband at the age of 26 did not keep her from accomplishing her goals and focusing on her career, and now serves as a Fox News contributor and co-hosting a podcast.


Kimberly Corban

I have been unspeakably victimized, and I refuse to let that happen to myself or my kids.” -Kimberly Corban

Kimberly Corban is a conservative ‘campus carry’ activist who regularly appears on television news to talk about her experience with sexual assault at the University of Northern Colorado when she was a sophomore in 2006. Since then, Corban has not stopped advocating for nationwide campus carry bills. She most notably appeared at the CNN Town Hall with President Obama in 2016 after the former President announced executive orders on gun control. She is a public speaker and victim’s advocate, and she is an inspiration to all women to fight for your right to justice and self defense.


Margaret Thatcher

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important although difficult is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is known as “The Iron Lady.” She was Britain’s first female Prime Minister when she was appointed in 1979 while Britain was in its worst recession. Thatcher was anti-communist, pro-capitalism, and anti-labor union. Her policies led Britain out of its recession and to economic victory. She was very determined to help her country and she was undoubtedly very strong. She started, like many of us, joining conservative groups on her campus at Oxford. After, she dove head first into the political world to change the lives of millions of people and to be an inspiration to all women.

Ellie Hicks is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Public Relations. Ellie is a summer fellow for the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women. When she isn’t writing about politics, she loves hanging out with her cats and singing Taylor Swift songs! Ellie’s greatest passion is to advocate for the unborn through writing, activism, and service. She hopes to one day work in Washington, D.C. and make a change for the lives of the unborn!

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Ellie Hicks

Kennesaw State University

Ellie Hicks is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Public Relations. Ellie is a summer fellow for the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women. When she isn’t writing about politics, she loves hanging out with her cats and singing Taylor Swift songs! Ellie’s greatest passion is to advocate for the unborn through writing, activism, and service. She hopes to one day work in Washington, D.C. and make a change for the lives of the unborn!

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