The Conservative Political Action Conference last week has shown that women's roles in the conservative movement have only grown, and the first woman to be the vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party has inspired some of that growth, says FOX News' Kelley Vlahos:
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter delivered a rousing speech Saturday, and Sarah Palin, though not in attendance, has been a constant reference point at this week's annual conference in Washington, D.C.Coulter quipped that Gov. Palin has actually created more jobs than President Obama:
One panel discussion, "Going Rogue: Women Changing the Face of Conservatism," took its name from Palin's recent book about her experience on the campaign trail as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Panel participants said conservative women still promote "family values," are pro-life and clearly still disdain the feminist movement that told girls they have to work and put off raising a family.
Women acknowledge that while a united front might not always be possible, they can all enjoy the fact that they have made great strides as women. For all the criticism and controversy swirling around Palin, she has helped fire up conservative women, said Zoelle Mallenbaum, a student at Wellesley University.
Conservative women are "still discredited" by liberals on campus, Mallenbaum said, adding that Palin sends an inspiring message -- that conservative women are "out there and unafraid."
"She's created at least 11 jobs fact-checking at the AP just for the Palin autobiography," she said.- JP