The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and Human Events have collaborated to bring us the Most Influential Conservative Women in America.
According to a letter from Alyssa Cordova, lecture director of CBLPI, the organization decided to pull together this top 10 list to “promote mentors and women leaders from all walks of life who are committed to the constitutional principles of individual freedom, economic liberty, limited government, personal responsibility, and traditional values [...].”
Here’s the list from Human Events with excerpts of the women by “our favorite conservative men at Human Events”:
- Sarah Palin: Steve Bannon wrote on Palin, the former 2008 Vice Presidential nominee and governor of Alaska, who came in on this list as number one. He writes that Palin is ““McLuhanesque” figure—one of the most media-saturated people in the world, relentlessly covered by the 24/7 news cycle, yet her real story is there hiding in plain sight, never having been told. [...] Sarah Palin is the little guy in “Walmart Nation:” just as obscure, just as powerless, just as insignificant. And that is precisely why she is a role model for young men and women.” He says Palin is a “force of nature”, an “anti-establishment figure” and a woman who understands and has stood by the working class.
- Michele Bachmann: Glenn Beck writes that he’s a fan of Bachmannwho “has an intricate knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution” and wants to stick to it. The three term Minnesota congresswoman created the Chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus and promotes fiscal responsibility and small government.
- Phyllis Schlafly: Schlafly is the founder and president of Eagle Forum and advocated against and rallied other women to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. Rep. Steve King in his profile on Schlafly writes that she is “one of conservatism’s most successful grassroots activists.”
- Ann Coulter: Coulter is a New York Times best-selling author and syndicated columnist who Rob Long describes as a “scary-smart writer” a woman with “style” and “courage.”
- Michelle Malkin: Malkin is also a best-selling author and well-read blogger as CEO of Hot Air. Jason Mattera describes Malkin as a conservative woman who has inspired other conservative writersand young conservatives in general.
- Bay Buchanan: Buchanan became the youngest U.S. Treasurer during the Reagan Administration and she is currently president of The American Cause. Buchanan’s brother, Patrick, writes of many of Buchanan’s accomplishments both political and off politics, citing her “convictions, her capacity to convey them coolly and her courage in defending them” as what appeals to her fans.
- Marji Ross: Ross is the President of Regnery Publishing, which has printed dozens of best-selling books. Newt Gingrich describes Ross as “a brand of conservative entrepreneurwho wants to do good and do well by doing good.”
- Cleta Mitchell: Mitchell is President of the American Conservative Union Foundation and a “rock-solid-limited government conservative“, according to Al Cardenas. Mitchell is seen as an advisor on law, politics and public policy.
- Michelle Easton: Easton is the founder of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. Ron Robinson writes that helped show conservative females that they don’t have to be branded as a “group of little old ladies in tennis shoes.” In addition to her founding of the CBLPI, Easton also served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations.
- Star Parker: Parker was unanimously elected to the Republican Congressional seat in California’s 37th District, although she did not win the election overall, after coming out of her past as a former single welfare mother. Patrick Coyle describes an effective campus speaker, especially in liberal environments, and a “true conservative to her core” who wouldn’t tone down a campus speech when pressured by campus liberals calling it “offensive.”
- (Honorary) Margaret Thatcher: Thatcher most notably was the first female Prime Minister in the United Kingdom who has helped inspire conservatism in countries other than her own. Daniel Hannan writes on Thatcher a success that leftists resent. He says she “inherited a Britain that was sclerotic, indebted and declining and left it proud, wealthy and free [...].”
This story has been updated since its original posting for clarity.