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Bachmann, Palin, and the Trouble with 'Evangelical Feminism'

Feminists say Bachmann and other conservative women can't join their club. I say the club needs some new ground rules.

When I heard rumblings about Michele Bachmann's run for the presidency, I got nervous—though not the reasons you might think.

I'm not nervous about the political leanings of the Minnesota congresswoman and conservative Lutheran mother of five. In fact, I often agree with the way she votes. Instead, I'm nervous about ensuing conversations in my circles of feminist friends. As a fish-out-of-water, conservative feminist, I know what awaits the presidential hopeful.

Feminists don't exactly have the best history of supporting politically conservative women. Even as Elizabeth Dole, Arizona governor Jan Brewer, and Sarah Palin sought to shatter some of the last panes of the American Glass Ceiling, they were derided among secular feminists, and others, for supporting traditional moral and economic values. Essentially, they belonged to the wrong party. And women who charge Democratic men with criminal actions certainly get a different response from those who charge Republicans: think Paula ...

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