Saturday, May 15, 2010

Goodbye Soccer Moms, Hello Mamma Grizzlies: Sarah Palin’s speech to Susan B. Anthony’s List (VIDEO)

On the very day that Gallup finds for the third time Americans now Pro-Life, Sarah Palin gave a speech to Susan B. Anthony’s "Celebration of Life Breakfast" fundraiser.  With the exception of her explanation for endorsing Carly Fiorina, Palin’s speech was more about women from the conservative perspective.

Palin retold her story of how she came to understand why a woman might choose abortion after learning that her son Trig would be born with Down syndrome. She spoke in terms of the blessing she and her daughter Bristol received by choosing life for their children.

Palin also identified a new voting block, mothers who are now politically active so that they can save their children from generational theft. Palin dubs these moms “Momma Grizzilies”
Palin urged her listeners to stick to those principles, and she delivered a stream of calls to action to an audience dominated by women.
"The mama grizzlies, they rise up," she said, to laughter. "You thought pit bulls are tough. You don't want to mess with the mama grizzlies. And I think there are a whole lot of those in this room."
Palin also defines her brand of feminism, by harkening back to the western pioneering women who had to raise families and perform life sustaining hard work.
“I’d like to remind people of another feminist tradition–kind of a Western feminism,” said Palin. “It’s influenced by the pioneering spirit of our foremothers who went in wagon trains across the wilderness and they settled in homesteads. And these were tough, independent pioneering mothers whose work was as valuable as any man’s on the frontier. And it’s no surprise that our Western states that gave women the vote, the right to vote, way before their East Coast sisters in a more genteel city, perhaps, got it right. 

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