Kelsey Harkness of the Federalist noticed an interesting facet of this year’s Glamour magazine’s “2017 Women of the Year Awards." Despite plenty to choose from, none of the recipients of the female only awards were conservative. In fact, it appears that many of the award winners won these awards because of their liberal leanings.
"In all, Glamour honored 10 women at a splashy Brooklyn award show this week. No less than half were in part recognized for their advocacy on behalf of liberal causes. Of its decision to honor model Gigi Hadid as “The Supernova,” Glamour wrote: “[W]hile a previous generation of models typically kept quiet, Hadid, who studied criminal psychology for two years at New York City’s The New School before pursuing modeling full-time, understands the power of the audience she’s built and has spoken out about issues from gun control to human rights to women’s personal safety.”
Award recipients included California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, late night host and comedian Samantha Bee, and all of the organizers of the Women’s March.
Waters won the “Lifetime Achievement Award." According to Glamour, this award was well deserved:
“With 37 years of public service under her belt, veteran lawmaker Representative Maxine Waters (D–Calif.) has long wielded her unapologetically laser-sharp tongue—surgical in its precision, devastating in its impact—in service of her progressive politics,” Glamour wrote of its decision to honor Waters with its “Lifetime Achievement” award. “When legislators propose policy that would turn back the clock on civil rights, dash progression on reproductive legislation, or take affordable housing away? There’s Waters, speaking truth to power.”
Samantha Bee, who has said she is stepping away from late night comedy to focus solely on politics, won the “Late Night Award":
“Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner event raised nearly $200,000 for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and her ‘Nasty Woman’ T-shirt raised more than $1 million for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project of Los Angeles County,” Glamour wrote.
The most gaudy of awards was saved for the organizers of the Women’s March.
“From Washington D.C., to Charleston to Paris to Singapore, women gathered to express their rage that the white patriarchy had won again,” the magazine wrote. “But what these organizers did in the weeks and months following the march was the most breathtaking part. Since January 21, they have continued to protest against the Muslim travel ban and the NRA, and in favor of pay equity. Most of all, they are showing us how to lead in love.”
It is pretty telling organizers of this event chose these liberal heroes for awards meant for any woman. Harkness sums up the scenario quite succinctly.
“To put it bluntly, the achievements of women such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, U.N. Ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, were banished to the Burn Book. Their successes were too problematic to be noted in Glamour’s pages. Straight out of scene from “Mean Girls,” they’re told, “You can’t sit with us!”
However, it is easy for liberals to silence conservative women for a variety of reasons.
“But conservative women deserve to be heard and acknowledged, too. Truth be told, in today’s culture it requires far more courage to speak up as a conservative than it does to speak as a feel-good progressive—or a fashion model, at that. It might be hard to see from the skyscrapers of Conde Nast’s New York City headquarters, but for the rest of us Americans, it’s a fact of life.”
Finally, Harkness notes the disservice award shows like the Glamour awards do to women every where:
“Disappearing” the accomplishments of women who have spent decades fighting for a seat at the table is shameful, and far from the “feminist” thing to do. When women’s magazines deny conservative women their hard-earned spot at the table, real feminists can only roll their eyes—or for some, roll in their graves."
The full article is well worth the read.