What do feminists really think of GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina? Short answer: It’s complicated.
There is no doubt that Carly Fiorina is a force to be reckoned with on the national debate stage. Her talking points -and the way she delivers them- are ironclad. Feminists (aka. pro-choice progressives) are conflicted.
Fiorina is a strong, reasonable, and empowering woman to watch… and they just can’t seem to hate her.
The novelist Jennifer Weiner told the New York Times for a story about the conflicted feelings of feminists, “It’s so weird — she looks like one of us, but she’s not.” Another feminist writer said that “there’s an excitement and a horror.” The managing editor of the feminist website Jezebel tweeted the night of the debate, “I’m in love with and terrified of her.”
Yes, be afraid, very afraid. Fiorina already may be the most effective, high-profile woman that the pro-life movement has. At the debate, she captured the enormity of the Planned Parenthood scandal, for which there are almost no words, speaking of it in the harshly indignant terms that it deserves.
…Hillary Clinton’s fans can be forgiven for wishing their candidate had some of Fiorina’s flair as a communicator. A writer at Cosmopolitan lamented, “Carly Fiorina Is the Candidate I Wanted Hillary Clinton to Be.”
However the GOP primary shakes out, I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Carly Fiorina as a conservative thought leader and a champion of the pro-life movement in the years to come.