Recently, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that “[I]t is rare to hear a woman speaking unapologetically and unselfconsciously about life having kids and an intense job” in response to a Glamour.com interview with Biden Campaign Manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon.
For some reason, Haberman (and the rest of the main-stream media) seems to forget that President Trump’s administration, along with many other women in the GOP, have “broken the glass ceiling” in so many ways when it comes to working mothers and women overall. After seeing this misleading tweet, I decided to highlight some of the accomplished conservative women who prove how possible it is for women to simultaneously have a successful career and family life.
Starting with Kellyanne Conway, she served as President Trump’s Campaign Manager for his 2016 run and then became a Senior Counselor to the President—all while raising four children. There’s also the fact that she was the first woman to run a successful Presidential Campaign, which Haberman seems to forget.
Then there’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, and Kayleigh McEnany who all served as Press Secretaries in the administration. Sanders became President Trump’s Press Secretary after serving as Deputy Press Secretary and being a senior advisor to the President’s 2016 campaign. She expertly handled the media and helped represent the administration as she traveled with the President to foreign countries (including the historic North Korea Summit), all while raising three young children with her husband. Grisham also served as Press Secretary, along with other roles in the administration. She is now First Lady Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff and Press Secretary, and is a single-mother raising two sons. McEnany is the President’s current Press Secretary. On a daily basis she battles fake news while also raising her baby daughter, Blake.
Ivanka Trump is raising three children while being a senior advisor to the President. She has worked to bring opportunities and equality to women around the world (ie. her “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative”) and she has worked to create paid family leave in the United States.
Although Amy Coney Barrett doesn’t work for the Trump administration, she aptly highlights the ability women have to have “an intense job” while raising children. She was nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court this past October, becoming only the fifth female Justice and the first mother on the Court with school-age children (she has seven children!).
Finally, First Lady Melania Trump…. While raising 14-year-old Barron, she has (among many things) created the Be Best initiative to improve the lives of children around the globe by fighting against cyberbullying and drug use. She even travelled to Africa to promote her initiative. She renovated the Rose Garden this past summer and helped campaign for her husband’s re-election campaign.
These women are just a sampling of the women on the right who are proving how possible it is to raise families while working to better their nation.
Maggie Haberman and others may choose to overlook the accomplishments of these mothers, but that doesn’t negate the fact that these women have achieved in their personal and professional lives. Haberman may not hear them speaking about it, but that’s simply because the media never gives female leaders the opportunity if they aren’t progressive leftists. That certainly isn’t female empowerment!
As a young conservative woman, I’m so thankful to see these women at the highest levels of the government, proving that we can make a difference in the world and raise a family.
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