Kathryn Lopez

And though Fiorina lost (in a deeply liberal state), she was part of a year in which unprecedented numbers of pro-life women stood for office and forced the media to take notice. Images of Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican convention with her family and her beautiful son Trig broke through the mainstream media bias that has kept a lens cap on when pro-life women have been on the scene.

In the end, not only did Nancy Pelosi lose her majority, but, according to the activist group Susan B. Anthony List, which exists to elect pro-life candidates, especially pro-life women, "The percentage of women in the House of Representatives who are pro-life increased by 60 percent while the percentage of women who are pro-choice decreased by 16 percent."

Additionally, in the Senate, one pro-life woman was elected (in New Hampshire); previously there had been none. And there are now four pro-life women governors in the United States, outnumbering the two pro-choice woman governors who are both up for reelection in 2012.

And, in the hours immediately after her election, the New Hampshire senator-elect, former attorney general Kelly Ayotte, had the most refreshing reaction to a reporter who sought to make news of the fact that she was the only woman among the 16-strong Senate freshman class.

"I hadn't actually thought about it until you just said it," Ayotte declared.

And why would she think of it? She's one among 15 others who have offered themselves for a national service and have been granted the opportunity, men and women alike.

We're so used to the gender card being played in politics and the media are so comfortable with it. Women in the Senate have contributed to the problem, frequently feeding the beast that is women's groups who live off the myth that being a woman is a liberal ideology. But it's not, and the myth has been undeniably shattered. We girls can make all kinds of responsible choices, by embracing who we are, how we are different, and what we value.

Women across the nation aren't crying over a fallen speaker. We're happy for America's daughters to know that, when it comes to success in the House, it's not the gender, but the leadership, the worldview, and the policies that matter most. May we retire the phrase "marble ceiling" and get on with the work of the people's House, this time listening to them!


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.
 


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