Women’s History Month Panel and MRS Degrees

April 2, 2014 | Karin

On Monday, I was pleased to participate on a panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation, Women’s History Month: Evaluating Feminism, Its Failures, and Its Future. Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist, and Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor of The Federalist, were also on the panel.

Here is a description of the event:

As Women’s History Month concludes, just what is the state of the women’s movement and women today? How will history grade feminism? Is feminism making life better for women today? What are the consequences of policy proposals sold to women as benefiting them? As conservatives, how do we showcase that our policy solutions benefit women – and all Americans? What are the most effective messaging strategies for reaching women?

Join us as our panelists evaluate feminism’s impact, offer policy suggestions for the future, and cut through the “War on Women” rhetoric in analyzing the status of women in this country today.

In my opening presentation, I pointed out some of the failures of feminism, noting my own experience at the University of Virginia, and offered some suggestions for improving feminism. You can watch the full panel online.

Washington Post op-ed columnist Dana Milbank attended the event and wrote an op-ed on it, Conservatives to women: Lean back. Here is how his piece begins:

The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees.

The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark the final day of Women’s History Month — and the consensus was that women ought to go back in history. If Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s mantra is “lean in,” these women were proposing that women lean back: get married, take care of kids and let men earn the wages.

Yes, he mentioned MRS degrees in the first paragraph.

I wanted to share two responses. Katrina Trinko at The Foundry wrote a response, Dana Milbank’s War on Women.

Also, read this blog post by Charlotte Hays, Radical Notion Proposed at Panel: Marriage Is Beneficial for Women and Children.

Watch the video. Do you think Milbank fairly characterized the event?

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