In recent years, as the popularity of feminism has surged, conservatives have hopped on its bandwagon to benefit themselves, writes Jessica Valenti of The New York Times. Conservatives recently celebrated Fox News’ first female CEO, Suzanne Scott. However, her enforcing a “miniskirt rule” for women that went in front of the camera and being accused of punishing a sexual assault victim, make her a poor flag bearer for the liberal cause. Similarly, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren questioned the feminism of Ivanka Trump’s critics. Many on the right are using feminism to further agendas that often go against female empowerment.
The notion that conservatives cannot be genuine feminists because they don’t fall in line with left-wing ideologies is highly flawed, believes Timothy Meads of Townhall. While many feminists today have liberal values, that does not mean that feminism, in itself, needs to be intertwined with liberalism. There are countless women in the US who fall on the conservative side of politics while still striving for female empowerment. Downplaying the achievements of successful women, like the first ever female CEO of Fox News Suzanne Scott, because of where she falls on the political spectrum is an unfair left-wing exclusion. Conservatives can also be feminists.