Katie Kieffer

Dagny Taggart is not just the entrepreneurial heroine of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged. She is the inspiration of real women everywhere who are taking up her shield and fighting her battle for freedom using the weapons of entrepreneurship, education and free speech.

The media continually talks about the “war on women.” What the media never admits is that the government is waging a war against women through unjust force.

The government’s “weapons” include: domestic drones that violate women’s private property rights; unconstitutional taxes and regulations that make it nearly impossible for women to achieve their dreams; healthcare legislation that forces women to overpay for subpar healthcare and the Federal Reserve’s unconstitutional monetary policies that inflate women’s money.

Weapon of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is currently endangered in America. Hudson Institute Economist Tim Kane published a report this month showing that the number of new startups has dropped to record lows due to taxes and regulations. To work for oneself is to be quintessentially free. Therefore, a society that is free must encourage entrepreneurs.

In the book, Dagny holds a press conference to announce the opening of her new line on the Taggart Transcontinental, the John Galt Line. A reporter asks her: “Do you want us to quote all the things you said?” Dagny responds: ‘“I hope I may trust you to be sure and quote them. Would you oblige me by taking this down verbatim?” She paused to see their pencils ready, then dictated: “Miss Taggart says—quote—I expect to make a pile of money on the John Galt Line. I will have earned it. Close quote. Thank you so much.”’

Do you think Dagny would let the media’s obsession with a fake war on women get her down? No way. She would shine light on the true war on women—the unconstitutional government mandates that squeeze entrepreneurs out of business.

Despite frustration and physical exhaustion, Dagny persists in running a profitable business. By working hard to earn her living, she benefits society without trying. She rapidly transports freight, employs men, and provides efficient, safe and comfortable transportation to travelers who would otherwise drive covered wagons.

If you are a woman, I hope that Dagny empowers you to take steps on local and national levels to fight for free enterprise and squash the media’s conception that profit is evil and women are victims.

Weapon of education


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."