Tea Party: A feminist movement?
With stars like Sarah Palin and a growing number of female candidates, says Slate's Hanna Rosin, the anti-tax movement has become a formidable vehicle for female empowerment
Does the Tea Party draw feminists?
Does the Tea Party draw feminists?

Low taxes and small government may be the Tea Party's defining issues, says Hanna Rosin in Slate, but the movement has developed a fierce "feminist streak." With a growing number of female Tea Party candidates and inflating resentment against the male-dominated Republican and Democratic parties, the mostly-female movement has arguably become a bastion of women's empowerment. An excerpt:

"Is the Tea Party a women's movement? More women than men belong—55 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. And while no movement that uses Michelle Malkin as a poster girl could fairly be described as feminist, the party has become an insta-network for ambitious women.... Some are aspiring candidates who could never get traction within the tight, local Republican Party networks. Some are angry-mom-activist types who, like their heroine Sarah Palin, outgrew the PTA. But some would surprise you with their straightforward feminist rage.

"For the last few years Anna Barone, a Tea Party leader from Mount Vernon, N.Y., has used the e-mail handle 'The way they treated Hillary is unforgiveable, and then they did it to Sarah Palin,' she said. 'I've been to 15 Tea Party meetings and never heard a woman called a name just because she's powerful. I guess you could say the Tea Party is where I truly became a feminist.'

Read the full article at Slate.



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