22 Conservative Women Take a Stand Against Liberal Bias on College Campuses

CONTACT: Kathryn Hopper, Communications Manager

December 11, 2018


WASHINGTON, DC — Emboldening young women across the country, She’s Conservative: Stories of Trials and Triumphs on America’s College Campuses, published by the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), features the essays of 22 conservative women from 17 college and universities, sharing their stories of how they have overcome the challenges they faced on campus and why they are conservative.

“[Conservative women] often go unseen because we do not wave vulgar signs and scream at passersby. We respect the beliefs of others while advocating on behalf of our own. We may not have been #WithHer, but we do believe in the power of women,” Grace Bannister, a sophomore at Harvard College, wrote.

In She’s Conservative, Neetu Chandak, a graduate of Cornell University, wrote about her experience facing the liberal bias on her campus. “While I expected disagreement from many Cornellians for my views, I was mentally and emotionally unprepared for the backlash, name-calling and threats to my physical safety.”

This book celebrates conservative women who take a stand for their principles and inspires more conservative women to do so. Take Allison Berger of Princeton University, who shares how her effort to call for viewpoint diversity at the Ivy League school’s Women’s Center was met with vitriol and backlash. Or Vanessa Rivera of Florida Gulf Coast University, whose peers called her names because of her ethnicity and conservative views. There’s Margaret Reid from Western Michigan University, who describes how she went from being a shy freshman to a bold senior ready to defend right-of-center policies despite the pressure and mocking she faces at her school. Or Emily Hall at Harvard College, who forged her own educational path after her professors did not teach her both sides of each issue.

“Reading through story after story is a powerful reminder that conservative women on campus, while they may be polite and respectful, are not wilting daisies,” wrote Karin Lips, Editor of She’s Conservative and President of NeW. “Some began their freshman year ready to take on the prevailing liberal narrative with gusto. Others took some time to come out of their shells. In the end, all are inspirations. All are role models. All are champions.” 

She’s Conservative sheds light on the problem that college campuses are no longer places that foster thoughtful discussion and debate.

She’s Conservative continues to receive endorsements from national leaders. 

“It is so inspiring to see young women stepping up and spreading their conservative beliefs on college campuses across our country. These are the women who go on to become the business, government and cultural leaders of our future. I’m excited to follow the good work that they’ll continue to accomplish,” said The Honorable Rebecca Kleefisch, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.

“This book is all about women telling their stories and boldly speaking out about being confident with exactly who they are; conservatives. It’s a must read for anyone looking to be inspired,” said Katie Pavlich, Fox News Contributor and Townhall Editor. 

For any media interested in interviewing some of the authors, please contact Kathryn Hopper, Communications Manager for the Network of enlightened Women, at kathryn@enlightenedwomen.org or 571-310-5388.

The Network of enlightened Women is the nation’s premier organization for conservative university women. Started as a book club in 2004 at the University of Virginia, NeW has expanded to campuses across the nation, teaching conservative principles, creating open forums for debate, and training young women to speak out on campus and in their communities. In addition, NeW hosts the National Conference, The Gentlemen Showcase, and professional development trainings.





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