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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

What Does the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett Mean to You?

             Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as an associate justice on the Supreme Court last night. She is the first conservative woman and the first mother of school-age children to serve on the Supreme Court. Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was interviewed by Fox News’ “Hannity” minutes after Barrett was sworn in as an associate justice. He gave her appointment far more importance than the fact that she is a constitutionalist and makes decisions according to the Constitution.

To all conservative women who go through hell for being conservative, who get beat up by the mainstream media for embracing your faith, being pro-life … you’re a winner tonight. There’s a seat at the table for you.

            I looked at the appointment of Barrett as a great achievement for herself, her family, and her mentors and an enormous motivator for girls and young women. I also saw her as a strong defender for the rule of law. However, I did not consider how her appointment would affect conservative women until I heard Graham make this statement. I suppose that my lack of consideration for this importance is my age and my lack of experience in “trying to do it all” as a conservative woman.

            Unlike me, Kelsey Bolar at The Daily Signal did see the magnitude of what Barrett has done for conservative females of all ages. Bolar noted that it was “one of the darkest days for a leftist, establishment guy” and then wrote the following:

… But for the millions of hardworking conservative women seeking an example of what it can look like to balance faith, family, and a fulfilling, successful career, Barrett’s confirmation was one of the brightest days in all of history.

It was especially bright for those of us who are exhausted and demoralized by the ugly rancor and political rhetoric. And it was encouraging for those of us who are told we are traitors to our sex if we don’t vote a certain way. It was also historic for those of us who hear, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women,” but then watch as so-called feminists turn round to destroy women who don’t follow their explicit agenda. Indeed, they didn’t hold back for Barrett.

When a figure like Amy Coney Barrett walks in the door and earns a seat at the table, she establishes a new vision for feminism and reminds conservative women who – and what – we’re fighting for.

The significance of her example cannot be overstated. Whether we’re single, stay-at-home moms, career women, or a mix, Barrett shows what’s possible for us to achieve. Her story rejects the tired notion of traditional feminism and replaces it with a bold version that embraces womanhood for all its glories: marriage, motherhood, faith, and a fulfilling career.

            Bolar named a lot of ways that Barrett’s appointment defended conservative women. My first observation of Barrett’s accomplishments was an exclamation: Women can have it all! Women can have a happy marriage, numerous children, and a successful, fulfilling career. Barrett obviously did not listen to the feminists who claimed that women should give up marriage and motherhood to have careers. I applaud Barrett for standing by her faith in marriage and family life even as she rose to the highest court in the land.

I also applaud her husband for his support for her. Jesse M. Barrett is a fellow Notre Dame Law graduate. He is a former federal prosecutor and assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. It appears that his job is every bit as demanding as hers and that they have supported each other at home and in their careers. Barrett looks like she has it all, and this should drive every liberal crazy!


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