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Conservative Women Speak Up About Stigma in College With #ShesConservative (Cosmopolitan)

January 16, 2017 | NeW

They’re trying to challenge stereotypes about conservatism in America.

A new social media campaign is encouraging conservative women to fight back against stereotypes that they are “uneducated” and “ignorant.” On Monday, the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) launched a social media campaign called “This Is What a Conservative Looks Like” to unite conservative women and empower them to share their experiences via essays online.

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The campaign, which has enlisted the support of commentator S.E. Cupp, author and pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, and other prominent Republican women, is an attempt to reduce the stigma some conservative Millennial women feel about sharing their political identity in liberal spaces.

In an op-ed published in Forbes, Network of enlightened Women founder Karin Agness writes that she has personally been “laughed at” by staff when she approached the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center to cosponsor an event, and says she routinely hears from conservative college students “who are frustrated that their campus feminist counterparts mock them, insult them, and try to shut them down.”

“Conservatives need to take a page out of the playbook of the 1970s feminists who transitioned from ‘consciousness raisin’ groups into a larger public movement to cause change and recruit new members,” she writes. “It is time for conservative young women to stop hiding their conservative views and shout their conservatism.”

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