In my article Femi-Nazi: The evolution of modern day feminism, I talked about how the so called out-of-control behavior by today’s young women may be a new feminist movement. Today I want to talk a little about a woman that I believe may be leading a new feminist/conservative movement-and that woman is Sarah Palin.
I know, some of you are like, “What? Sarah Palin? Are you kidding me?” No. I’m not kidding you. When the political campaign was in full throttle, I saw two women spark enthusiasm in women; a kind of enthusiasm that I have never seen before. And those women were Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I didn’t choose to write about Hilary Clinton because she hasn’t been in the limelight very much ever since she’s been the new Secretary of State. But there is still a lot of buzz about Sarah Palin. She now has a new bestseller, Going Rogue, and she’s been all over the place doing interviews and sparking new interest.
I hear men speak of Sarah Palin, and of course, they never fail to mention that she is attractive. But when I hear women speak of Sarah Palin, they always mention how she is a representation of them. They mention how she is a mother, a wife, and how loving she is for not aborting a baby that she knew was going to have special needs. She is, in a lot of women’s eyes, a leader.
I watched the interview she did on the Oprah show, and she seemed completely relaxed, poised, smart, and focused. She didn’t talk a lot about politics, but she did give some interesting insight on what was going on behind the scenes during the campaign. We also got to see a bit of her family life. It was nice to see Sarah Palin in another light. Not just the negative political view many of us had on her.
The reason why this lady may be one of our new leaders is because she excites females and members of the conservative party the way Barack Obama excited the youth, Blacks, and members of the Democratic Party. Sarah Palin was the reason why most McCain voters voted for him. The conservative party was very proud that a “real” conservative was on the ticket. Women were glad to see another woman eligible for a high seat in the white house, since Hilary Clinton was already out of the picture.
Sarah Palin opened up in her Oprah interview about how she was being coached on what and what not to say during the campaign. When she was speaking (to Oprah), all I could think was, “If she was allowed to speak this way when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate, McCain probably would have won.” I was fascinated by how sharp she was, and disappointed by how the McCain camp tried to edit such a charismatic speaker. Sarah Palin could have been the Republican Party’s Obama.
At this point in society, we need to see female leaders. We often see the “push-the-envelope” kind of female, but we never see the kind of female that takes care of her family, runs a business, or even be the governor of their state, and inspire others while doing it. Sarah Palin is an example that women can have it all. We need to see that women can juggle a family and a career at the same time. We too often see a stay at home mom, or a mom that is so busy in their career that she cannot be at home with her kids as much as she should. It’s important for us to see a woman that can do both-no matter what political party she represents.
At some point in our country, we have to learn to look past politics. There are some great inspirations out there that we may not give a fair shot just simply because they represent the opposing party. Sarah Palin has an “average mom” aspect to her. It is appealing, and it just might help her in her long term political career. She hasn’t yet confirmed if she is running for president in 2012, but if Barack Obama doesn’t soon fulfill his promises, I just may be voting for Palin in 2012.