CPAC and The Problem of the Conservative Woman

Amanda Hess writes in her article for TBD, “The Evolution of the Conservative Woman”:

But in the conservative movement, real women are still hard to come by. Despite the high-profile women headlining this year’s CPAC, male speakers on the main convention floor outnumbered women ten-to-one. In the 112th Congress, over 75 percent of female officeholders are on the other side of the aisle. And CPAC attendance has hovered at 30 percent female since 2007. At the conference’s conclusion, two college-aged men stand in front of a flat-screen television, their eyes glued to a bar graph illustrating the conference’s gender disparity. One of the boys shakes his head, turns to his friend, and says: “Sausage fest.”

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