The question that most exasperated Mindy Finn, she says, came from all sorts of people—friends, family, old classmates.
“How can you be a conservative?”
People were apparently surprised, the 34-year-old GOP campaign veteran and digital strategist says, that a thoughtful, well-educated woman—she got her bachelor’s at Boston University and her master’s at George Washington—would freely associate with the Republican Party.
“There’s kind of this tendency of viewing conservative women as stuck in the past, I think particularly when it comes to the workplace, and that’s just so far from the reality that we’re seeing,” Finn says….
So she set out to combat the negative stereotypes.
Empowered Women, the nexus of that effort, launched in April after months of collaboration with prominent women in politics, business, media, and other industries. The nonprofit seeks to change the prevailing stereotype that conservatives are predominantly old men, pushing back on Democratic charges that Republicans are waging a “war on women,” as well as the notion that liberals have a monopoly on women’s issues.