With the 2012 Presidential Election looming over the next couple weeks, discussion of the candidates at my school has been pretty heavy recently. For the most part my school leans pretty far to the left, which is not particularly surprising with kids my age. A factor the creates an even bigger rift in opinions is that I attend an all-girl school. So naturally women’s issues come up extremely often. As someone who is incredibly interested in politics I love hearing the perspective of my fellow classmates not only as the future of America but more specifically as young women. In contrast with my left leaning classmates, I am as conservative as they come. People often ask me how I feel about being a female supporter of the GOP because of their controversial stance on women’s issues. It oftentimes will come down to an argument on whether or not I respect the progress that women have made throughout history. This is simply untrue. When it comes to the 2012 race and Mitt Romney, my choice is pretty clear for a lot of reasons.
We all know that women have not always possessed a political voice throughout US history. With the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this all changed. I am extremely grateful for the strong and dedicated women who crusaded for us to gain this right. So how do my ties to the GOP relate to this? Well, the Republican party stood by women and pushed through our right to vote. At the time this issue was being contested, the Democratic party did not exactly support the idea. From the beginning the Republican party has helped to involve women in politics.
A large debate that often comes up at school is Romney’s point of view regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Well, this is no doubt an extremely controversial issue for women. I have been presented with every argument in the book from “you clearly hate women” to “Mitt Romney hates women” and the fact of the matter is that both these things are simply untrue. It is very difficult to be a socially conservative young woman especially when it comes to the issue of abortion. My pro-life stance is attacked time and time again and is something I have grown accustomed to dealing with. I think that society is pretty unfriendly to young women like myself who take controversial stances such as being pro-life. The argument against conservatives tends to be that we are out of touch with reality. Well, this may be true to a certain extent.
The people I go to when I am struggling with people attacking my political standpoints are my parents. My parents are polar opposite, my mother a relatively strong liberal and my father an extremely strong conservative. I don’t know how they do it, but after 23 years of marriage the difference in political point of views still doesn’t seem to get to them. My parents both maintain that my siblings and I should explore our own political point of views which is something I have done over the past few years. I am pretty firm in my points of view at this point, but it gets hard fielding constant attacks. I am starting to stray a bit from where I initially started this blog, but its blogging so I think that’s allowed! Like most people, I do not appreciate being told I am heartless because of my conservative standpoint. My parents both always tell me not to let it get to me, but that is difficult. I have to wonder if there is a way to be a member of the GOP at any age and of any gender that doesn’t involve being attacked on issues of wealth and greed. Like I said, this is a tangent from my initial topic specifically regarding women in the GOP, but I think it is all relevant.
Trying to zone back in, I think it is important to really look at how the GOP is in fact extremely friendly to women. Women’s issues extend further than just social issues. When it comes to creating jobs and giving opportunities to women to succeed, the President Obama isn’t getting us there. I believe that Mitt Romney is the man who is going to create the jobs and help women maintain our strength in society. My social standpoints, such as being pro-life, will always be contested. The idea that the republican party is made up of wealthy people who don’t care about the people who fall below them economically is probably going to continue to be a misconception within our society. What Romney can do that Obama hasn’t done is at the very least give women more opportunities for jobs and chances to prosper.