NeW is mentioned in an article in the September issue of Elle Magazine, The Best and the Rightest, A new generation of conservative women is stepping forward to dis feminists and cheer low taxes, guns, and motherhood. Nina Burleigh reports on how these ‘Baby Palins’ are going to reshape the 2012 presidential election.”
Here is the section mentioning NeW:
Seven years ago, a conservative University of Virginia student named Karin Agness walked by a campus building called the Women’s Center. “I figured it would be open to all women,” says Agness, now a DC attorney. “I took a tour and at the end asked, ‘Would the Women’s Center be interested in cosponsoring a group for conservative women?’ The faculty member looked at me like I was crazy, chuckled, and said, ‘Not here.’”
Agness proceeded to form a book club, called Network of Enlightened Women, devoted to reading tomes like Dinesh D’Souza’s Letters to a Young Conservative. The privately funded nonprofit now has chapters on 20 campuses and a headquarters in Manhattan. NeW still runs book groups, and among its current favorites is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex and Feminism, by 37-year-old Virginia mother of three and former Republican Congressional staffer Carrie Lukas (who quit her job to be with her kids). Lukas’ main point is that feminists have hurt women by advising them to pursue careers before establishing families, leaving them too old to bear children. This flip of kids and career was first advocated a decade ago by author Danielle Crittenden, though Lukas goes much further, indicting day care as harmful and premarital sex as unhealthy, and opining that “real” women want a husband, while feminists “pine for a sugar daddy in Uncle Sam.”
Enjoy reading about these young conservative leaders.