If the true goal of feminism were securing the success of women in all sectors of our society, feminist leaders would be regularly singing the praises of the immediate past Governor of the Last Frontier. I mean, conservatives, particularly social conservatives, supposedly the political group least open to the advancement of women, have been the most ready to embrace Mrs. Palin.
They line up to buy her books, travel from all corners of the country to hear her speak at the Lincoln Memorial, find inspiration in her Facebook posts, look up to her as a role model and hero. In short, this woman has become an inspiration to and potential leader for, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans. Doesn’t their acclaim for this accomplished woman in itself validate the notion that women can inspire and lead?
And while right-wingers rally ’round this Republican, their left-wing counterparts are drawn to her like moths to a flame. She, Sarah Palin, a woman, commands attention merely by speaking her mind.
Instead of welcoming her rise, Palin, as Jennifer Rubin (in a most excellent post) puts it,
. . . clearly has the left in a tizzy. They have finally gotten it: she is redefining feminism. In the New York Times, two liberal feminists exhibit more than a little anxiety over the Palin juggernaut. To put it bluntly, they have Palin envy.
(Read the whole thing. Rubin and I have similar feelings about Glenn Beck.)
Maybe, feminists don’t like the former GOP Vice Presidential nominee because, as Rubin adds, Palin “has proved by example that a woman politician need not spout the pro-big government, pro-abortion, pro-welfare-state line.” The charismatic woman has become “the most effective female politician in the country.”
But, maybe effective female conservatives just can’t qualify as feminist successes.