Jordan Debbink
Women who lead: from New Mexico to Florida
By Jordan Debbink
November 21, 2016

The conservative movement in America is often lambasted for its lack of diversity. The media and ideological leaning members of the left conjure up imagery that contains only white men. But when we take a panoptic look at the conservative movement, we see that this mongering is flawed. In 2010, many conservative women ran for office. 3 women won governor elections that year. Furthermore, this proved how redoubtable these women were in their advocacy of issues and people rather than party.

But it was more than just women winning public office that reinvigorated many people across America. It was that, as time went on, these women displayed excellence in leadership and progress.

Take Mary Fallin- elected the first female governor of Oklahoma in 2010, she many times crossed party lines to work with her gubernatorial colleagues in other states. This kind of servant leadership allotted her to become the Chair of the National Governors Association in 2013.

How about Susanna Martinez? Elected in New Mexico as the first Latina governor in America, her love for her heritage and her common sense principles have put her in the running for VP and cabinet considerations. In 2016, she was elected the Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Under her leadership, the RGA had its most successful fundraising and election year by brobdingnagian proportions since the 80's.

Then there is Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Former house representative for the state of Washington, her "no-nonsense" attitude rose her to minority leader. She won election to the U.S. House of Reps in 2005. She currently is the highest ranking Republican woman, chairing the Republican conference. This has allowed her to be a spokesperson for conservative ideas in the House.

It's because of the strong reforms of these women, which other women have gotten into politics. The desire to care for their family beyond the current generation and defend their freedoms run deep across America in our women.

It did for Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first female, Indian-American governor. Her parents immigrated here to provide their children with a brighter future. She took that hope and won an election to the state Assembly in a heavily bigoted district. From there she fought establishment regime and eventually ran for governor. Now in her 2nd term, she is set to take on the Vice-Chair position of the RGA.

Likewise, for Kristi Noem. Born into a ranching family in South Dakota, Noem fought for her community on several local boards and committees before running for her states House of Reps. After serving in her final year as Assistant Majority Leader, she ran for the U.S. House of Reps and won. After several year in Congress, she has made good on a campaign promise, and has announced she will not seek re-election in 2018. Instead she will mount a historic bid for governor of South Dakota.

Finally we see this spirit of justice and achieving the American dream prevalent in Amber Mariano. Amber won a historic election to Florida's House of Representatives at 21. She is the youngest female elected to public office in Florida. Inspired to become the first female president, she had her father as a role model (Commissioner). Now she outranks him.

So what do these inspiring conservative women show us?

First, that conservatism is an ideology that welcomes all individuals regardless of gender and ethnicity.

Secondly, when women succeed in politics it opens the doors for other women to achieve their hopes. By mentoring from a distance, they have the ability to inspire.

© Jordan Debbink


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