Excerpts from Lorie Byrd's latest Townhall.com column, in which she recognizes the example set by Gov. Palin as one of the reasons why so many women have become involved in the political process:
Sarah Palin has been an inspiration. Many women watching Palin in the 2008 presidential race saw themselves. They might not be former beauty queens or Alaskan hunters. They have not served as governor of a state. But they saw a woman who came to hold office not by being born into privilege or being a Rhodes scholar, but by working her way up from the local level. They saw a woman who became involved in her community -- starting on a small city council, then as a small town mayor, then as governor.Fire From The Heartland, a new documentary from Citizens United, shines a light on the dynamic conservative women who are reinvigorating the movement. Here's a preview:
They saw in Palin, unlike some other female politicians, a woman who did not see her femininity as a weakness, but instead embraced it. They saw someone who wasn’t a Harvard law school graduate or a policy wonk. They saw a politician who looked at the world from the perspective of a wife and a mother.
They saw the mother of a son serving in the armed forces, a pregnant teenage daughter and a young son with Down syndrome.
Palin’s example showed them that life experience and common sense were qualifications to represent their fellow citizens every bit as much as a blue blood pedigree or an Ivy League degree. After all, the people with the law degrees and decades of experience in public office haven’t done such a great job of running things lately.
Palin isn’t the only woman who has inspired so many women running today. Some of the women in Congress like Michele Bachmann -- and my state of North Carolina’s Representatives Virginia Foxx and Sue Myrick -- have as well. But strong conservative women role models are just one of the reasons so many women are politically active and even running for office today....