After last night's election, I noticed that more women were elected into office, a lot of them pro-life and conservative. (To be fair, I cannot give you statistics, but from what I have read, it seems the number of women in office has increased compared to past years.) I find it amazing that the feminists weren't out in droves to congratulate them. Isn't that what they are about, women in leadership positions, getting equal treatment to that of men?
I am a woman and I believe in equality when it comes to equal pay and promotion in the workplace. I believe that a woman can have a career and make a difference. I also feel that women can be used in ministry in the church (gasp!) like men, but there is an order to everything. The Bible is full of powerful women of God who had great influence: Deborah, Anna, Rahab, Mary, Priscilla, to name a few. Lydia even owned her own business! (Acts 16) However, why are women ostracized when they choose to stay at home with their children, as opposed to having a full-time career? When we defend our families and homes and stand up for the unborn children, we are considered "narrow-minded." Isn't that what feminism means, giving the right to women to make choices for themselves?
I applaud those wonderful ladies who were elected into office last night but still kept their convictions and belief systems intact. They have proven that you can still stand on the principles of morality and win. "She opens her mouth with wisdom; and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26 (ESV)
In closing, the word feminist is a derivative of the word feminine (adjective), meaning "having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness; pertaining to a woman or girl." Who are the real feminists then?