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Conservative women to meet to dispel a stereotype

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Conservative women from around the country say they are sick of how the Democrats and the press treat them — and they aren't going to take it anymore in this presidential election cycle.

To fight back, they are convening for three days next month in Maryland in what they are billing as the "largest conference for conservative women of the 2012 presidential election."

"The news media demean women by wanting us to believe all women are victims," said Suzanne Haik Terrell, conference organizer and founder of Project Go Pink. "The media tend to repeat the Democrats' line that makes it seem all that conservative women care about is abortion. But in reality, health care, national security and the economy are all women's issues."

"And," she added, "for Democrats to say women are only concerned about abortion diminishes women. It disrespects women."

Joining Ms. Terrell at the Nov. 17-19 Harbor Center conference will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has expressed her unhappiness with the disrespect she said former Vice President Dick Cheney showed her in his best-selling book, "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir."

The gathering of mostly Republican and independent women on the political right will hear Miss Rice advise conservative women in the political arena and give behind-the-scenes insight to her latest book, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington," said Vanessa Beebe, a member of the conference's advisory board.

Ms. Terrell said the conference goal is giving more women the tools to fight back against the press and the Democrats and have significant influence in political campaigns and to run for office. "That's why," she said, "we have panels titled 'The Lens: Media Portrayals of Conservative Women' and 'Heels On, Gloves Off: Stepping Into the Arena & the Decision to Run.'"

Miss Beebe said that women "who have been there and done that politically will be speakers and panelists."

They include Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Sharon Day, National Federation of Republican Women President Sue Lynch, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black of Tennessee, Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

The conference will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, on the Potomac River south of Washington.

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