Rebecca Hagelin’s article in today’s Washington Times highlights the seemingly never-ending trend affecting the nation; female oppression. However, she argues, the source of this oppression is not what one would automatically assume. It is not a lack of college scholarships or athletic opportunities for women; it is not a shortage of women in business, law or medicine nor is America missing labor laws to protect women in the work place from discrimination. Rather, the main culprit of today’s female oppression—bitter, unhappy, and resentful feminists.
Feminists today are not like the feminists who demanded female suffrage decades ago, feminists today target women and in the end are actually hurting them. Hagelin cites the example of “women’s studies” classes on college campuses who preach victimization and promote gender warfare. “Professors convince female students that having children is beneath them, that men are the enemy, that their fulfillment lies in wallowing in self-pity.”
The consequence of a generation of manipulation and misconceived “sexual power”—decreased female happiness. The National Bureau of Economic Research reveals in a recent study that despite the tremendous prosperity and “advances” of women’s rights, “women in the United States have become less happy, both absolutely and relative to men” than women were in the 1970s. Surprised?
But as Hagelin points out, a fresh face of femininity has found its way onto college campuses across the nation under the leadership of the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW). Started by University of Virginia student, Karin Agness, NeW seeks to “encourage women to embrace their femininity and traditional values in order to ultimately reclaim their happiness.” This week marks the fifth anniversary of this NeW voice of female reason and its presence is coming for the first time to North Carolina university campuses this semester.
NeW chapters are in the grassroots stage at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Raleigh’s own, Meredith College. North Carolina NeW chapters will challenge the victimhood mentality of feminists on college campuses, fight back against single-minded careerism and resist the ever-growing hook-up culture. NeW women will champion the value of hard work, self-determination and personal responsibility while offering a fresh alternative to the feminist agenda that dominates these college campuses.
Our North Carolina universities are part of Executive Director, Holly Carter’s expansion project. Her goal: start and support 25 new chapters on college and university campuses nationwide. Carter says, “Culture matters, and NeW is seeking to improve America’s cultural foundation.” Welcome to North Carolina!