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"Clare Luce would be proud: This book will teach the world that there are bright conservative ladies." -- William F. Buckley Jr., National Review Editor At Large, June, 2002

"It is long past due that someone put together a collection of ideas and philosophies from conservative women in print." -- Rush Limbaugh, Nationally Syndicated Radio show Host, June, 2002

"Open these pages and meet some of the women who will leave an indelible mark on the next generation." -- Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Host, August , 2002

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Not long ago, a summer intern at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute asked her Rutgers University professor if she could write a thesis on conservative women leaders. She received the short answer: "There are no conservative women leaders."

This astonishing message--if you want to be a successful woman you can’t be a conservative--is pounded into young women across the nation by liberal feminists and their acolytes.

This book explodes this liberal arrogance. Great American Conservative Women bulges with the lives, accomplishments, and views of outstanding women leaders. They represent all walks of life--from a star of Broadway to an ambassador to the United Nations, from an internationally syndicated talk show host and a nationally syndicated columnist to political leaders, editors, authors, public policy leaders, family and child advocates, CEOs, and mothers.

Unlike liberals, conservatives have never thought of their major female figures as some form of minority. Clare Boothe Luce, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger are simply great leaders. At the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute (sponsors of these talks, along with The Heritage Foundation), we believe that our failure to appreciate these, among other prominent women, allows the Left a free field to highlight only feminist icons.

Why did the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute feel the need to publish this book? Why aren’t these women already held up as role models in our schools, colleges, and in the media?

Thirty or so years ago, the women who called themselves feminist were taking off their underclothes and burning them in public places as a statement of their liberation. Most people snickered at these bra burners and went on to attend to serious matters.

But today, these same women are running the universities and overseeing Women’s Studies programs, courses, and institutes, with the media’s hearty blessing. They shrug off the incredible accomplishments of women like those we feature while promoting narrow-minded leftists who scorn people of faith and traditional families. They disdain conservative women leaders because, by their definition, conservative women can’t be leaders.

These former bra burners, with their leftist programs and rigid ideology, are not interested in producing successful women; they want to produce little liberals, marching behind in unquestioning left-wing obedience. Any deviation from their orthodoxy and you become a non-person, not worthy of inclusion in Women’s Studies or other leftist courses. In a classic illustration, when Texas conservative Kay Bailey Hutchinson ran for the U.S. Senate, Gloria Steinhem, grand mistress of the feminist movement, called her a "female impersonator," and explained that someone "who looks like us but thinks like them is worse than having no one at all"--i.e., a non-person.

The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute was founded in 1993 to train young women to be strong and articulate leaders for the future. We hold up America’s outstanding women as role models and offer them alternatives to the sort of dogmatic thinking shown above. We offer an intern program, conduct research, sponsor conferences, seminars, lunches, and many other events. We promote outstanding conservative women and their ideas.

A few years later, in 1999, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and The Heritage Foundation joined to sponsor monthly Conservative Women’s Network (CWN) luncheons featuring outstanding women leaders. A number of these are covered by C-SPAN, which takes the message of these outstanding leaders into 70 million homes. The response has been so overwhelming that, aside from the reason stated above, we decided to select a sampling of these speeches and present them to you in book form. The result is Great American Conservative Women. The speakers provide conservative solutions to the challenges of our time, refuting the liberal message. They beg to disagree and voice their opinions with force and a heavy dose of humor.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute; First edition. edition (September 26, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0972139907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972139908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,131,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michele J. Samuelson on June 19, 2004
The problem with women's studies and Women's History Month is that they exclude an entire group of prominent and important women simply because of their conservative politics. The Luce Policy Institute has brought an outstanding collection of speeches together, and it serves as a strong indication that conservative women are not only out there, but are successful in ways that the feminists would rather the public not know about.
If we keep repeating the names of Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Easton, Christina Hoff Sommers, Bay Buchanan, Linda Chavez and others loudly enough, if we keep telling their stories, then they will not be forgotten in the tide of rampant radical feminism. This book goes a long way toward fixing what has become a case of ideological discrimination gone haywire.
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I enjoyed this book and bought it to do some research on the history of women within the conservative movement. Just so you know -- it is not really a history book, but contains multiple snippets from interviews given by women who were (and are) influential in the conservative movement. It was nice to get a book about conservative women, in their own voice vs. those written by those who do not understand, or respect the movement. However, as this book was written more than a decade ago, and is not a "history" it is perhaps time that a new, updated version is brought to market.
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