My name is Danelle Gagliardi and I am a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in history and minoring in psychology. At the present, I am Co-Chair of NeW, Vice Chair of OSU College Republicans, Secretary of the Ohio College Republican Federation, and I will start to intern for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman in a few weeks. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and baking or can be found outside golfing, skiing, or target shooting.
As you can tell, I am very politically active, so one of the themes I will concentrate on is “women in politics: past versus present.” As a history major, I am always on the lookout for incidents in the past where women stood up for their rights, and I find it interesting to compare it to today where women break through the “glass ceiling.” When I blogged for NeW last year, this progression I studied was fascinating and demonstrates that women still have a long way to go in every country, not just the United States. Therefore, this year, I will investigate women’s rights in the past, present, and all different countries from the U.K. to Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, I feel there is an image of conservative women that has been built upon mistruths. These mistruths resulted from what we at NeW refer to as the “third-wave feminist movement,” or a very radical modern group that paints conservative women as “Stepford-Wives,” or baby-making machines who want to remain uneducated. This of course is false, but women who are unaware of what NeW women and other conservative women believe, get pulled into the third wave feminist movement thinking (mistakenly) that the other side promotes oppression of some sort. My goal is to throw away the artificial image of conservative women painted by those who disagree and show readers our true selves in the mirror. I will do this by updating you what my NeW chapter discusses, our opinions of the books we read, and how we feel women ought to be treated in today’s world. It’s so important to educate ourselves and other women on issues pertaining to our gender, and a great way to do that is through real-life examples and testimonies.
The NeW movement has done such a wonderful job at igniting the conservative movement, and through the blog, I want to show the rest of the world what NeW is all about.
Are you ready to come with me on this journey?