During the confirmation hearing of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., South Carolina) celebrated that conservative women continue to succeed, despite their mistreatment by the left:
“There’s an effort by some in the liberal world to marginalize the contributions [of conservative women] because [they] come out on a different side of an issue, particularly abortion. So this hearing… is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women.”
With Justice Barrett becoming the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, it seems fitting to highlight some conservative women who are paving the way in America right now—starting with Justice Barrett. I personally look up to all of these women, and consider them role models as both conservatives and highly accomplished leaders.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett
The newest Supreme Court justice has been a powerful legal voice for many years. After graduating top of her class from Notre Dame, Barrett clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman and Justice Antonin Scalia. She spent a few years at a law firm in Washington D.C., before becoming a professor at Notre Dame Law School. In 2017, President Trump nominated Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where she served until her confirmation to the Supreme Court, in October of this year. When discussing her legal philosophy, Barrett has professed on multiple occasions that she is a committed textualist and originalist, meaning that she interprets the law as it was understood when written. During her nomination acceptance speech, Barrett explained that “[a] judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers and must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.” Barrett’s firm beliefs and immense accomplishments make her the epitome of a strong conservative woman.
Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa)
Now, as a proud Iowan, I am definitely biased when it comes to Senator Joni Ernst—but it doesn’t take an Iowan to recognize Ernst’s amazing accomplishments. Ernst joined the U.S. Army Reserves after college and was deployed to Kuwait during the Iraq War. In 2014, she became the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first female U.S. Senator from Iowa. Ernst currently serves on five committees in the Senate: Arms Services; Environment and Public Works; Judiciary; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. During her time in the Senate, Ernst has sponsored and co-sponsored many bills, while paying special attention to the mental and physical health of veterans. For example, Ernst’s Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act recently passed unanimously in the Senate. And Ernst was just reelected, after beating democratic opponent Theresa Greenfield by about 6 percentage points. This was a closely watched race, and both Republicans and Democrats spent over $230 million on it, making it the second most expensive U.S. Senate race in history. The fact that Ernst retained her seat helps Republicans keep the Senate, while also allowing her to continue being a strong conservative voice.
Arguably the most prominent Black female conservative in America, Candace Owens rose to fame in 2017, after her video “Mom, Dad… I’m a Conservative” went viral. Owens is the co-founder of BLEXIT, an organization “dedicated to the advancement of urban and minority communities by encouraging youth to seek and take advantage of opportunities in 21st Century America.” She is also the host of the extremely popular PragerU podcast, “The Candace Owens Show,” which has featured guests from a wide range of political thought, including Marc Lamont Hill, Dave Rubin, and even Vice President Mike Pence. Owens’s most recent endeavor was the release of her book, Blackout: How Black America Can Make its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation. In this New York Times bestseller, Owens argues that the Democratic party has failed Black Americans, from the welfare state to America’s educational system. Owens also just recently announced that she will be joining the conservative outlet The Daily Wire, where she will be hosting a show in front of a live studio audience. Owens’s outstanding accomplishments, strong voice, and unabashed commitment to conservatism make her an inspiration to young conservative women like me.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley is a top choice for a 2024 presidential run, and for good reason. As President Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Haley took strong stands against some of the world’s biggest violators of human rights. She spoke out harshly against Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Russia. And she famously defended Israel, when saying that “[she finds it] hard to accept that [the United Nations Human Rights Council] has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel.” Before entering the Trump Administration, Haley served as a congresswoman in South Carolina and later became the first Indian American governor of South Carolina. Whether or not she runs for president in 2024, Haley will continue exemplifying female strength, while positively contributing to the conservative movement.
Conclusion: These Strong Women Are Paving the Way for Future Female Leaders
As a young conservative woman, I’m thankful to have such impressive female role models. Conservative women who have felt ignored in the past should celebrate that they increasingly possess powerful thought leaders. In the 2020 elections, a record number of Republican women were elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. And with women like Justice Barrett, Senator Ernst, Candace Owens, and Nikki Haley paving the way, the time for conservative women to shine is only just beginning.
*The views expressed in this article solely represent the views of the author, not the views of the Chicago Thinker.