Gone are the days of those on the political left supporting women in the workforce. It used to be that the left encouraged modern day feminism and supported women who wanted to focus on their careers. Because I’m more than four years old, I can remember the 2016 election, when democrats demanded that Americans embrace Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton as a feminist icon. A Clinton surrogate perfectly encapsulated this sentiment at a 2016 campaign rally by saying that “[the fight for women’s equality is] not done […] There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Similarly, I remember Clinton blaming her loss to President Donald Trump on sexism, saying that “[c]ertainly misogyny played a role. I mean, that just has to be admitted.” And I even remember CNN publishing an op-ed defending these claims: “I believe she’s offering an explanation; not an excuse.”
Four years later, the left continues to posture as the pro-women party. The Democratic Party platform even has a section that reads:
“Democrats continue to fight to expand opportunity for women. By confronting violence against women [and] fighting for workplace equality […] Democrats will make sure that women thrive in our country, because we know that when women succeed, America succeeds.”
For this reason, these same democrats were elated when Amy Coney Barrett, a highly accomplished woman in the legal field and a mother of seven, got nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States, right? According to the left’s rhetoric, one would assume that the only people opposing Justice Barrett’s confirmation would have been crazy anti-feminist right-wingers, attacking her for being a woman who dared to leave “her place” beside her husband. However, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead, leftists openly attacked Barrett, during her confirmation. Not only did they argue that she’s unfit for the job, but they went so far as to argue that her gender and position in the household should have her disqualified. Heather Mallick, a columnist and recipient of the 2015 feminist Landsberg Award, tweeted that “Barrett is in fact a female version of her husband, the head of the household at her house […] [S]he is a female Barrett so could somebody question Mr. Husband please.” Later in the thread, Mallick went on to say that Barrett is no more than a handmaid. Mallick, recognized feminist as she is, made these claims while referring to the same Barrett who graduated from the top of her class at Notre Dame’s law school, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was named Distinguished Law Professor of the Year three times, served on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and now fills Justice Ginsburg’s former seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.
This is not an isolated incident. Vanessa Grigoriadis, a writer for the New York Times and Vanity Fair, tweeted that she didn’t understand “how a potential Supreme Court justice can also be a loving, present mom to seven kids? Is this like the Kardashians stuffing nannies in the closet and pretending they’ve drawn their own baths for their kids[?]”
And just in case these claims aren’t disgusting enough, Slate published a piece in which author Tom Scocca called Barrett “a shameless, cynical careerist who believes nobody can stop her.”
Leftists love to embrace powerful women—but only under the condition that they hold leftist ideals. If a female is running for office on the Democratic Party ticket, then they’re all for it. But as conservative females are increasingly coming into positions of power, leftists suddenly refuse to champion strong women. And it’s not only with Justice Barrett’s confirmation. The number of Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives is set to double, yet the leftist media is ignoring these women. Democratic congresswomen get featured on the cover of Rolling Stone as “Women Shaping the Future,” while the newly elected Republican women hardly get any mention from big-name news outlets.
With the increasing number of females assuming powerful positions in the name of conservatism, it is only going to further expose the fact that the left does not care about women as much as it claims. If the left were truly passionate about having females in power, it would be just as supportive of conservative women as liberal women. There have been plenty of opportunities to champion strong conservative women recently, but instead of celebrating the fresh faces of female empowerment, the left has dragged down and ignored their accomplishments—proving that they are not actually the party of women.
Carson Weekley is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager for the Chicago Thinker. As a senior at the University of Chicago, he is studying Economics and plays third base for the baseball team. In his free time, Carson enjoys exercising, binge-watching Netflix shows, and hoping that the Rays win the World Series.