Taylor Roth, President of NeW at the University of Florida, recommends the following 10 books for conservative women.
Being a conservative woman can be difficult, especially when we are constantly subjected to the Left’s claims that we are brainwashed women who are unable to think for ourselves. As conservative women, we continue to feel isolated for our views and are told that we are not educated enough to contribute to pressing discussions ranging from foreign policy to healthcare.
What progressives fail to recognize is that we are strong, independent and, perhaps most importantly, well-educated women with the ability to see past the liberal agenda. Conservative women understand many of the Left’s policies which claim to help women, actually harm them in the long-run. We realize that it is up to us, not the government, to use our God-given potential to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Since leaders are readers, it is imperative for us to continue reading and educating ourselves.
Here are 10 books every conservative woman should read.
1.Assault and Flattery– Katie Pavlich
Written by Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor, Townhall Editor and New York Times Bestselling author, Assault and Flattery exposes the Left’s assault on American women. Pavlich debunks the liberal narrative that claims women must rely on big-government policies to succeed. Contrary to popular opinion, Pavlich states that the real war on women continues to be waged by the Democratic Party.
2. Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law– Nonie Darwish
Growing up in Egypt during the Arab-Israeli wars, Nonie Darwish lived under Sharia Law and experienced its destruction firsthand. Darwish’s family life, social and political views, sexuality and even hygiene were dictated by the Islamic law code known as Sharia. Since coming to America, she has embraced the prosperity that is possible in a free nation that respects the rights of its citizens and honors the dignity of the individual. However, Darwish warns of the dangers Americans will face if Sharia is brought to the West.
3. The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech – Kirsten Powers
Although Powers identified herself as a liberal for most of her life, she has had enough of the intolerance and hypocrisy of the Left. The Silencing reveals the Left’s monopoly over speech and its suppression of views that differ from liberal orthodoxy. From the classroom to the mainstream media, Powers states that freedom of expression is under attack. In the end, it is our obligation to ensure its protection for generations to come.
4. And the Good News Is: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side – Dana Perino
Dana Perino, who served as the Press Secretary for George W. Bush, shares her journey to politics and the ways in which she remains positive and optimistic in difficult situations. Perino shares tips that have helped guide her through different trials she faced in her life. This is an excellent read for college students and young adults who are attempting to gain insight on ways to approach their careers and professional lives.
5. The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up) – Kristen Soltis Anderson
As a leading millennial GOP pollster, Kristen Soltis Anderson delves into the shifting demographics among America’s youth and how this affects future elections. Anderson shares trends that are influencing how the youth, women, and minorities vote. Most importantly, she examines how Republicans can better target their messages and campaign strategies to win over America’s next generation of leaders.
6. Who Stole Feminism? – Christina Hoff Sommers
Christina Hoff Sommers, who is a former philosophy professor and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, highlights how the Left has laid claim over feminism. Sommers discusses how this group of progressives has made it their mission to spread the misguided notion that they speak for all women. Sommers claims that liberals continue to use misleading “facts” on economic and social bias against women to shake the foundations of our academic, legal and scientific institutions. Most importantly, Sommers claims that modern feminism misinterprets what the majority of American women want and aspire to.
7. Settle for More– Megyn Kelly
As a former Fox News host and a current NBC News anchor, Megyn Kelly has been in the spotlight for much of her professional life. Whether it has been helping to moderate a Presidential debate or asking tough questions on live TV, Kelly has made it her goal to strive for success and fulfillment. In Settle for More, Kelly shares the trials she has endured and how she has channeled her grit, wisdom, and courage to overcome them.
8. Rising to the Challenge – Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina is no stranger to tough times. After losing a Senate race in California, battling breast cancer and losing a daughter, she wrote Rising to the Challenge to highlight that, although she has undergone terrible experiences, she still remains undaunted and determined to thrive. “I have come to see lessons and blessings in these passages,” Fiorina writes. “Life is measured in love and positive contributions and moments of grace.” Fiorina believes that both politics and business rely on individuals pursuing their purposes in life. No matter how difficult times may be, Fiorina strives to empower readers to have the determination and encouragement to fulfill their potential.
9. Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values – Sadie Robertson
Although Sadie Robertson spent most of her teenage years in the spotlight on A&E’s Duck Dynasty, she has remained humble and true to the morals and values that guide her through life. In her book, she opens up about the trials she has faced, how she remains true to who she is, and how she maintains her relationship with her family and friends, and God.
10. No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington – Condoleezza Rice
Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights era exposed Condoleezza Rice to racism and persecution. However, Rice was determined from a young age that she would not become a victim of her circumstance. Rice rose to become one of the most admired women in the world, a National Security Advisor and a Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice shares her journey to Washington, D.C. and lessons she has learned through serving the American people.