This week NeW recognizes Danelle Gagliardi as NeW’s next Emerging Leader. Danelle is the co-founder and co-chair of NeW at Ohio State University and a regular NeW blogger!
Why did you join Network of enlightened Women?
I joined NeW because I felt there was a need for conservative women to be represented on my school’s liberal campus. I saw around me that my school did nothing to educate students on how the hook-up culture negatively affects young women, nor did they make an effort to accurately portray conservative women. To them, conservative women are nothing but old-fashioned and misguided. Through NeW, I hope to change this erroneous image.
When did you become passionate about issues affecting women?
I became passionate about women’s issues around middle school when my mom told me the story of how I came to be. When she was pregnant, the doctors told her that I was going to have physical and mental problems when I was born. He gave her the option of abortion and my mom said “No,” and that “My husband and I would never do that. Whatever fate God chooses for us, then that is what we accept and will love her just the same.” Her strength of character on what was right established my pro-life stance and from there, more issues affecting women.
Who are your mentors and why?
My mom, sister, and dad are all my mentors. My older sister has helped guide me through the hardships of being a conservative woman, and since she was always the first to go through stages of life, she has offered me advice that has made me stronger. I will always look up to her.
What is the one book every conservative women should read?
I think every conservative woman should read The Feminine Mystique. It is the book that ignited Second Wave Feminism and I think it should be read and understood by both conservative and liberal women. Plus, it’s always good to know the other side of the argument – it makes us more well-rounded and enlightened.
Do you believe gentlemen still exist?
Gentlemen definitely still exist. My father is the most chivalrous and principled man I have ever know. He understands the respect a woman deserves, and he is admirable in every aspect of life. I hope to find a husband that is just as gentlemanly as my father. I won’t settle for anything less.