As this is a big weekend for conservatives in Washington, D.C. I'd like to share with you, blog readers, a few thoughts from an excellent panel I had an opportunity to attend today at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute brought together four amazing women this afternoon, including Kate Obenshain from Young America's Foundation to host Going Rogue: Women Changing the Face of Conservatism. I've had the pleasure to meet Kate Obenshain before working at The Heritage Foundation, and her life stories and advice always resonate with me because she (successfully) balances her career and family. She is also an advocate of not comprising femininity in the workplace, which is something I think women (including myself) often forget. Women are frequently encouraged to hide their femininity in the workplace by being stuffed into black suits, hiding emotion, and operating within masculine paradigms in meetings, assignments, and general organizational culture. As Kate ended with this afternoon, she reminded women to "be courageous, be vivacious, and do it vibrantly"! Marjory Ross, President of Regnery Publishing, provided advice for women aspiring to have enjoyable and happy lives. Among several items, she encouraged women to (a) find a good husband, (b) find a job that you thoroughly, actually enjoy and (c) acknowledge that you cannot please all people at all times. Three simple suggestions, but I think Marjory was onto something. If you ask me the simpler the better! S.E. Cupp who is an active conservative voice in the media joked that she is frequently asked how she feels about certain policy issues "as a woman." She said her favorite response was "I'm not sure, let me ask my uterus." The truth of the matter is what gender an individual is doesn't usually dictate their feelings about policy. At least in this century. I always enjoy listening to S.E.'s political and cultural commentary. Finally, we heard from Phyllis Schlafly, who is known by many through her books or through the Eagle Forum. A voice for conservative women, Phyllis is often at the center of family debates. The parent of six children, she is another shining example of a woman who has mastered the art of career building in addition to maintaining roles as a wife and mother. What an outstanding role model!
Clare Boothe Luce does a fantastic job of promoting and hosting events for conservative women. If you have not yet visited their website, I would encourage you to explore it. All of these women are available to speak at your college campus. I promise you, they are worth the time and effort. Thank you to the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute for organizing another fantastic lecture!
Have you been to CPAC before? If you didn't get to make it out to CPAC this year, I hope to see you in 2011!