Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Margaret Brabant


The recent emergence of conservative female public figures has posed a challenge to the traditional notion of feminist thought. Although they define their particular form of success in terms of conservative ideology, many of these women operate according to feminist paradigms, and would not even have the opportunity to assume such a public role if it were not for the past feminist breakthroughs that have cleared the way. Their association with feminist logic and adoption of the feminist moniker notwithstanding, these conservative women most often speak out in reaction and opposition to traditional liberal feminist views and activism. Regardless of how the movement is principally defined, there seems to be a developing school of conservative feminist thought; whether or not it constitutes a legitimate movement that may counter or merge with feminism will have implications for the feminist identity and the shaping of various public policies regarding women's interests.