Karin Agness

Karin Agness Bio

Karin Agness | Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW).  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law.  She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as Fox and Friends, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN American Morning, CNN Early Start, The Situation Room with Wolf BlitzerThe NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Laura Ingraham Radio Show and The Monica Crowley Radio Show.  She regularly speaks on college campuses and at national conferences for conservative groups.  She has had editorials published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Richmond-Times Dispatch, and has been featured in Politico, Time Magazine Online and More Magazine.  One of her stories appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles.  In 2012, she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy.  In 2010, she was awarded a William F. Buckley Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition for her work in leading NeW.  In 2008, she received the Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of its most exceptional graduate students.  A proud Midwesterner, she now works in Washington, DC.  By clicking the links below, you can listen to, watch or read about Karin.


Are Conservative Women "Baby Palins"? Fox and Friends

August 26, 2011 Karin Agness was interviewed on Fox and Friends about a recent article in Elle magazine that referred to young conservative women as "Baby Palins." Click here to watch the segment.

Women unhappy with "baby Palin" label, CNN's American Morning

August 31, 2011 Karin Agness was interviewed on CNN American morning about a recent article in Elle magazine that referred to young conservative women as "Baby Palins." Click here to watch the segment.

Conservative Women "Unfairly Criticized," CNN's American Morning

March, 2011 Karin Agness was interviewed for the following segment: Conservative Women "Unfairly Criticized," Representative Bachmann decries double standard. Click here to watch the segment.


Karin Agness on The Monica Crowley Show

In June, NeW Founder and President Karin Agness was interviewed by Monica Crowley during The Monica Crowley Show, a nationally syndicated radio show. She spoke about the work NeW had done over the past semester, and the Sixth Annual National Conference. Click here to listen to Karin's interview.


Forbes 30 under 30 | Forbes Magazine

Forbes magazine selected NeW Founder Karin Agness for its 30 under 30 list for Law & Policy. Here is a description of the list: “"These are the people who aren't waiting to reinvent the world. FORBES, leaning on the wisdom of its readers and the greatest minds in business, presents the 30 disrupters under 30, in each of 12 fields, making a difference right now." Click here to read the full list.

What the New Feminists Look Like | More Magazine

We know. We know. We’ve seen the divide. And we’ve heard it at events we’ve thrown—some of you, standing in the back with your arms crossed, saying, “You call yourselves feminists?! when I was your age, I was marching on D.C. . . .” Well, yeah. But in 2010, the stakes have changed. The standard bearers for a new generation are out there. They just approach activism in a different way. Here are the names you need to know now. Click here to read the full article which includes a profile on NeW Founder Karin Agness.

The NeW Feminism | Townhall Magazine

The NeW Feminism A conservative women’s group is spreading across college campuses and standing up for traditional, truly pro-woman values. Chivalry is not dead. The Network of enlightened Women (NeW) is giving young conservative women all over the country the tools they need to embrace their femininity and fight against the liberal feminist machines at their universities. Click here to read the full article on NeW.

Are Hookups Killing College Romance? | The Richmond-Times Dispatch

Are Hookups Killing College Romance College freshmen quickly learn that “hooking up” means engaging in a physical relationship with someone who you may or may not have known beforehand and with whom you have little or no expectation of a future relationship. The last few years have been especially big years for hooking up, not because college students are hooking up more, but because academics, journalists, and doctors have begun writing about it. Click here to read the full article (or) Click here to download the PDF of this article.

Mallard Fillmore comic by Bruce Tinsley

Mallard Filmore NeW Comic


Meet Heritage Featured Facebook Fan Karin Agness The Heritage Foundation

Heritage Foundation As a junior at the University of Virginia, Karin Agness was walking home from class when she stopped at the campus Womens Center. After taking a brief tour, she asked a representative about helping her found a club for conservative women on campus, an idea that had captivated Agness since completing an internship on Capitol Hill. “She looked at me like I was crazy,” Agness told The Heritage Foundation. “She said ‘not here.’” Click here to read the full article about the founding of NeW.

Who is Saving Feminism? The Insider Online

Author Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers giving the keynote address at the Annual NeW National ConferenceOver the past 35 years, women’s happiness has “declined both absolutely and relative to men,” according to a well-publicized Wharton business school study called “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.” The paradox, according to the authors, is that female happiness has declined while feminism has concurrently achieved great shifts of rights and bargaining power from men to women. How could that be? The 2010 National Conference of the Network of enlightened Women (the group deliberately chooses not to capitalize the “e” in “enlightened”) offers the young women attending a provocative answer: Something has gone wrong with feminism. One of the keynote speakers at the conference is Christina Hoff Sommers, who 15 years ago famously tweaked the likes of Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan with her book Who Stole Feminism? Click here to read the full article about NeW’s National Conference.