The Washington Times - September 27, 2010, 09:36AM



Citizen’s United premiered its film Fire from the Heartland in Washington D.C. last week at the Georgetown Loews theater. The film, which spotlights the rise of conservative women, includes commentary from Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio, and a number of conservative luminaries from Phyllis Schlafly to Ann Coulter among others.

Fire from the Heartland, directed by Stephen Bannon and produced by David Bossie, covers various stories about women within the contemporary conservative movement from Clare Boothe Luce to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. A number of women took activist roles within the tea party movement following the election of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bannon took note of these first time political activists.

“I told Dave, that it’s amazing you not only have women leading this [tea party movement] but that most of them have been apolitical up until a couple of years ago. Most of them are in their mid-thirties to their mid-forties, and they’re tremendous leaders,” said Mr. Bannon when I asked what made him want to make this film now.

While the film focused on a number of younger women in the conservative movement, Ms. Schlafly, an 86- year old political veteran best known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and authoring the bestselling book A Choice, Not An Echo, showed in the film why many modern day conservative women continue to assert themselves regardless of the odds against them.

Ms. Schlafly spoke to me during the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. recently and gave me her thoughts on where conservatism is today: “I think its very important for the conservatives to re-assume their dominance in the Republican Party,” she said. “We suffered some ideological set backs under George Bush, but what I think what we now see are conservatives trying to re-assume their proper place.”

Mr. Bannon told me that he is already working on a film about Ms. Schlafly’s political activism.

Fire from the Heartland can be screened this Thursday at the Smart Girl Summit at the Crystal City 
Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virgnia. A number of speakers in the film will also be at the Smart Girl Summit this week. They are: Dana Loesch, S.E. Cupp, and Rep. Bachmann.