The Edmond Sun

March 1, 2013

Commentator invites women to get involved in policy discussions

Kristine Meggenberg
Special to The Sun

NICHOLS HILLS — Kate Obenshain, an author and national political commentator, told metro-area women Friday that she wants women to get involved and take control of their own education.

Obenshain joined with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs for its first Women’s Policy and Leadership conference at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club in Nichols Hills Friday. Guest speakers also included Star Parker, another nationally known speaker on women’s issues.

Obenshain is an author, blogger, regular guest on Fox News and CNBC, as well as a national speaker who is an avid defender of liberty. From 2008 to 2012, Obenshain was vice president of Young America’s Foundation, a group that mentors emerging young leaders at the Reagan Ranch, Reagan Ranch Center and on college campuses across the country.

“Even if you’re not a conservative you owe it to yourself to hear both sides and be educated,” Obenshain said.

Obenshain wants to empower the women of this nation, to not just put a safe woman on the front lines to represent the conservatives but to put women like Sarah Palin in the forefront to show that every woman has an array of talents and how articulate women are on policy matters.

“Woman should get involved in public policy because that is what has contributed to America being the greatest country in the world,” Obenshain said.

Messaging is how political campaigns share their ideas with voters. Obenshain believes the Obama administration is causing division by what they are messaging to scare women.

“Our president is causing division through scare tactics. He is saying that Republicans are shocking and dangerous to scare women, to vilify Republicans,” Obenshain said.

Obenshain doesn’t want women to run from social issues but to fight back.

“What do we stand for if we don’t chose right over wrong?” Obenshain asked. During the event on Friday a large number of women in their twenties were in attendance. The Healey family reserved an entire table for the event, which included three young sisters.

“Advocating for women is really important because the media gives us a skewed image. My sisters and I are in different phases in our lives and we relate to this issue in different ways,” said Alexa Healey, a current student at the University of Oklahoma and the middle sister in the Healey family.

Amanda Gable, a law student at Oklahoma City University, is a member of the OCPA and was alerted of this event by email and felt it was important to attend.

“Women don’t stick together like men do. This event is so important,” Gable said.

The OCPA, who organized this event, is a public policy research organization that focuses primarily on state-level issues.

“We are proud to partner with Oklahoma women to continue pushing back against the idea that compassion comes in the form of a government program. Whether running a business or a household, or both at the same time, women have a keen sense of how policy impacts families, and they have a lot to share about how we can shrink government while still serving those in need,” said Karma Robinson, OCPA Vice President for Development.

“Working together, we can educate our fellow Oklahomans about the principles of free enterprise, limited government and individual initiative, and thereby improve life for all Oklahoma families.”

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