On Wednesday, Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign for president. Her closing statement regarding leadership and feminism is a must read.
Carly focused not only on winning the nomination but also on service for the sake of others. She stated that, “a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others.” Is this not what all of us wish we could be as we grow in our personal lives and careers?
She later commented that leaders are not born but made. This is true because it requires hard work that begins with first making the change in yourself that you want to see, not by screaming hate slogans bare breasted as many radical feminist now do.
Granted, there will always be faults and imperfect viewpoints in our politicians, as there are with people in general. Setting those aside let’s take a look at Fiorina’s statement on feminism:
“To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.”
Fiorina is saying it’s important not to let “feminist” ideologies over complicate or pressure any female into advocating for a specific person simply because of their sex. For example: by only voting for a female presidential nominee, because that is sexism itself.
She also emphasizes that feminism does not close the doors to dialogue, nor does it put women at risk.
You see, views of radical feminism often encompass positions in favor of abortion, contraception, gender identity, and same sex marriage. They then force certain ways of thinking onto others in the name of equality and women. Take for example the testimony of recent feminist convert Sarah Winter from Brazil. She shares her story of being pressured to endorse these ideologies which harm women and fight against the very people who seek to elevate the status and wellbeing of women in society.
Radical feminists say they stand for freedom yet they pressure women into believing there is only one way to be a woman – independent, career-seeking, contraceptive-taking, abortion advocating, and everything else that comes along with this lifestyle.
The reality is that we are created for community and love, and we have the freedom to reason to this and freely choose it. Feminism opposes the need for community, any form of codependent love, and even complementarity between men and women because they think this makes women less than. Yet, this is what it means for woman to also be created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27). While equal with men, women are different and our very bio-chemical makeup makes this evident.
Yes, each of us can fail in following the best possible plan for our lives, but we make it more difficult when we reject these fundamental aspects of our humanity. Feminism must stand for freedom that doesn’t leave a woman believing that independence and absolute autonomy is the greatest achievement of life. This goes against her humanity that makes her equal with men.