Under the guise of female empowerment, thousands of women participated in the annual nationwide protest against all that embodies conservatism and President Trump — also known as the Women’s March.
Don’t be fooled by their slogans, though. The Women’s March exploits women for political gain and hinders our progress as the female gender. Here’s how:
1. The Women’s March promotes divisions among women.
The “ unity principles” of the Women’s March actually promote disunity among women by disavowing any woman who dissents from their far-left agenda, which includes support for gun control, abortion, the “sex workers’ rights movement,” open borders, and a litany of other liberal causes. It’s no surprise that pro-life, faith-based, conservative women like myself are not welcome.
Even those women who are united by their opposition to Trump have begun sniping at one another over the divisive nature of the Women’s March. In recent weeks, claims of anti-Semitism have rocked the leadership of the group, causing several prominent partner groups and sponsors to cut ties with the movement. Organizers have already canceled several local marches over absurd identity politics controversies. One California chapter, for example, canceled its march over concerns that the participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”
There are plenty of nonpartisan issues that should unite women, and conservatism is the only philosophy of government that recognizes every human being has unalienable, equal rights, regardless of gender. But the ideologically driven hatred of the Women’s March pits women against one another and wastes the unique opportunity to unite women around a national platform and effect lasting change that benefits all women.
2. The Women’s March trivializes real injustices faced by women.
While Women’s March leaders and participants claim to represent the interests of women, they are silent about some of the issues that cause women and girls the most harm.
Female genital mutilation, for instance, is a particularly brutal form of sexism that is inflicted on hundreds of millions of women around the world. Yet not only does the Women’s March turn a blind eye toward the problem, one of its co-chairwomen, Linda Sarsour, has even gone so far as to berate both female genital mutilation survivor and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel, tweeting, “I wish I could take their vaginas away — they don’t deserve to be women.”
There are no criteria of “deserving” to be a woman. What kind of society have we become to think we can arbitrarily decide if a biological female “deserves” to be a woman? If the Women’s Marchers really cared about abuse against girls, they would be driving efforts to make female genital mutilation illegal in all 50 states and doing something actually productive to protect all women against physical abuse.
They would also condemn arranged marriages for young girls, speak out against the four Democrats accused of sexual assault who were nonetheless elected to Congress in November, and support genuine equality, including due process protections for everyone, like Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and no religious tests for confirmations of anyone, including women such as Amy Coney Barrett.
Their silence on these issues speaks volumes about the real motivations behind the Women’s March and downplays the real injustices faced by women.
3. The Women’s March ignores the monumental progress of conservative women.
For as often as they complain about the patriarchy and “toxic masculinity,” Women’s Marchers have shown that they’re not above patronizing, condemning, and excluding women who think differently than they do.
Trump’s administration has supported equal pay, government-mandated maternity leave, child tax deductions, and many other policies that promote progress for women. The president also has six female cabinet officers, and women account for more than a quarter of his federal judge appointments — a higher proportion than any other Republican president has achieved. Trump’s own campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was remarkably the first woman ever to run a winning presidential campaign.
First lady Melania Trump has been sharply criticized by the very same fashion and media outlets that would adore her if her husband were a liberal. How insulting to her as a smart, self-made woman to be defined by the political party of her husband. Indeed, even the recent criticism of second lady Karen Pence last week for choosing to teach at a school that reflects her personal faith showed the Left’s sheer hostility, bigotry, and hatred against conservative Christian women.
But this hypocritical hatred of free-thinking conservative women has led the Women’s March to ignore the incredible accomplishments of women such as Conway, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, all of whom have shattered glass ceilings in politics. If any of these women represented the progressive liberal agenda, they would be idolized by the Left.
By restricting its platform only to far-left women, the Women’s March does a tremendous disservice to women’s progress at large. It may want to call itself the “Far-Left Women’s March” to be accurate.
4. The Women’s March insults women’s autonomy and ability to think for themselves.
After the midterm elections, the Women’s March tweeted: “There’s a lot of work to do, white women. A lot of learning. A lot of growing. We want to do it with you.” The movement that supposedly champions the strength and independence of women, in other words, was essentially claiming that some women are so weak that they must depend on liberals to tell them how to vote.
Nothing could be more patronizing and demeaning to women than expecting them to blindly embrace a partisan political agenda simply because it’s cloaked in the rhetoric of gender equality. Women are far smarter than to be so monolithic in the issues we care about for ourselves, our families, and our nation.
That’s why you didn’t see me at the so-called “Women’s March” this past weekend. As a conservative, Christian woman, I stand for the unalienable rights of all human beings, not just those who agree with me.
Jenna Ellis (@jennaellisJDFI) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. She is constitutional law attorney, regular guest and legal analyst on Fox News and Fox Business, radio host, and the author of The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution.