Former Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, spoke at the Susan B. Anthony List “Celebration of Life Breakfast” on May 10, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. As the keynote speaker of the event, Palin pushed a pro-life agenda and declared herself as a “frontier feminist” during her address amidst the 2010 midterm elections.
Palin began her address remembering political soulmates President Ronald Reagan and former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Recognizing President Reagan’s support of women leadership and honoring Baroness Thatcher as a “woman of action,” Palin remarked that this year will be a year “when common sense conservative women get things done for our country.”
Associating herself with the leaders of the Tea Party movement, Palin mentioned that the rise of mothers in politics will be their way of standing up to the government in an effort to prevent what she explained as the government “stealing opportunities from the future of America.”
“No, the mama grizzlies, they rear up and, you know if you thought pit bulls were tough well you don’t want to mess with the mama grizzlies,” said Palin. “And that’s what we’re seeing with all these women who are banding together, rising up, saying no.”
Palin also recounted her experience when learning that her youngest child, Trig, will be born with down syndrome. She explained that although she did not consider abortion, she stated that it gave her “tremendous empathy for the woman who does find herself in less than ideal circumstances.”
“I understand what goes through her mind, if even for a brief moment, a split second even, because I’ve been there,” said Palin.
She finally drew attention to the SBA List as a new home to the emerging conservative feminist movement and their efforts in delivering the message about “giving life a chance.” In addition to praising the SBA List, Palin reminded the crowd of the independent pioneering foremothers and their influence on Western feminist tradition.
“I kind of feel a connection to that tough, gun-toting pioneer feminism of women like Annie Oakley and them,” she said. “And as an Alaskan woman I’m proud to consider myself a frontier feminist like those early pioneering women of the West.
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