Why NeW Women Are Proud Reasons #3 and #4
September 26, 2009 | NeW Staff
NeW’s Founders at UF tell why they’re proud to be NeW Women:
Holly and Jessica, Alum from the University of Florida:
When we started NeW at the University of Florida three years ago, we had no idea the powerful movement that would result at our school. For the first time, women at UF had an opportunity to talk about the issues that were facing them from a NeW perspective. We started with Carrie Lukas’ The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, and the dialogue exploded!
Women were so eager to learn about politics and women’s issues in a safe environment. At a largely liberal school, it was amazing to see how many women actually identified themselves as culturally conservative. In the classroom, they were generally afraid to speak up, and NeW provided the voice for these women to learn and to challenge the status quo. NeW encouraged us to explore the foundations of our beliefs, not to put up with the one-sidedness on campus, and to support each other as women. We became a powerful voice, and we didn’t back down.
We invited Karin Agness to speak on Women’s Rights, and we got our campus talking! We hosted movie nights, tea parties, and served women in our local community. As enlightened women, we felt compelled to educate our campus, to serve the needs of women, and to facilitate a true network of like-minded women.
Now, we’re both working for the conservative movement and credit our involvement with NeW in spurring us towards being positive voices in this country. We still love sharing our experiences about NeW with others-how it enlightened us, grew us as leaders, and even provided the opportunity for us to become the closest of friends. We can’t talk about NeW without sincere gratitude.