Palin Says She Connects to 'Tough, Gun-Toting, Pioneer Feminism'
May 14, 2010 - 1:08 PMFormer Gov. Sarah Palin (R.-Alaska) said on Friday she feels a connection with what she called the "tough, gun-toting" Western feminism of Annie Oakley, which she contrasted with the feminism of "the faculty lounge at some East Coast women's college."
“I kind of feel a connection to that tough, gun-toting, pioneer feminism of women like Annie Oakley,” said Palin. “Maybe it’s that upbringing in Alaska. Maybe, too, it’s because later on today I’m doing a speech for the NRA and I’m getting in the groove.”
Palin was speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Celebration of Life” breakfast held in the Ronald Reagan building just a few blocks from the White House. She thanked the organization, which is dedicated to advancing pro-life women in American politics, for “being a home to a new conservative feminist movement.”
“And I thank the SB List, too, for being a home to a new conservative feminist movement, is how I look at this,” said Palin. “It’s an emerging conservative feminist identity. For too long, when people heard the word ‘feminist,’ they thought of the faculty lounge at some East Coast women’s college, right. And no offense to them: They have their opinions and their voice, and God bless them. That’s great. But that’s not the only voice of women in America.
“I’d like to remind people of another feminist tradition--kind of a Western feminism,” said Palin. “It’s influenced by the pioneering spirit of our foremothers who went in wagon trains across the wilderness and they settled in homesteads. And these were tough, independent pioneering mothers whose work was as valuable as any man’s on the frontier. And it’s no surprise that our Western states that gave women the vote, the right to vote, way before their East Coast sisters in a more genteel city, perhaps, got it right.
“These women, they had dirt under their fingernails. And they could shoot a gun, and push a plow and raise a family all at the same time,” said Palin. “These women, our frontier foremothers, they loved this country and they made sacrifices to carve out a living and a family life out of the wilderness. They went where no women had gone before. I kind of feel a connection to that tough, gun-toting, pioneer feminism of women like Annie Oakley. Maybe it’s that upbringing in Alaska. Maybe, too, it’s because later on today I’m doing a speech for the NRA and I’m getting in the groove.”