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Conservatives’ Women Problem

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There has been a lot of chatter since the midterms about how women voted, breaking significantly toward the Democratic Party. Although the issue isn’t new, it has become the elephant in the electoral room. Conservatives can tackle it by understanding the roots that buttress women’s votes instead of hoping it will go away on its own.
Much of what informs women’s votes is feminism, which has been an earnest effort by millions for over two centuries now to help improve the lives of women. What most of feminism’s adherents have missed is that the first feminists, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, asked the wrong question. These feminist pioneers asked not, “How do we make women as women better?” but, “How do we make women more like men?” This first misstep has led to a long trajectory of missteps. As any doctor knows, if you misdiagnose the disease, the cure will be a challenge….

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