Conway On Feminism: "I Look At Myself As A Product Of My Choices, Not A Victim Of My Circumstance"

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Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway explains her view of feminism at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference. Conway said she is a individual feminist and believes feminism in the "class sense" is anti-male and pro-abortion.

"I don't know about calling yourself a feminist," Conway said of labels. "I also, for me, its difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion in this context. And I'm neither anti-male or pro- abortion."

"There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. Mercedes, I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances," Conway said.

From her interview at the convention:

MERCEDES SCHLAPP, MODERATOR: Fair enough.

So there was this big women's march, the Democrats all claim that all women pretty much should be Democrats. I think one of the things you've done very effectively is explain how women belong in the conservative movement. That actually there are -- what I would call, conservative feminism. How would you explain that?

CONWAY: Well, I believe this generation, particularly the younger people don't really like labels. And we don't -- we're not necessarily joiners or liking to label ourselves. And I -- that -- that's great in its own right.

So I don't know about calling yourself a feminist. I also, for me, its difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion in this context. And I'm neither anti-male or pro- abortion, so.

(APPLAUSE)

There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. Mercedes, I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances. And that's really clearly...

(APPLAUSE)

... what conservatives, feminism, if you will, is all about. My mother didn't feel sorry for herself, she was left with no child support, no alimony at a very young age, with a child to raise, a high school education and she just figured it out. She didn't complain, she didn't rely upon government, she relied upon her own skill set, her own self confidence, her own drive in moxie and her own duty to me and her and she relied upon her family and her faith.

And I believe those are timeless lessons and timeless opportunities for all women in -- in similar circumstances and situations. And I would just say, I mean one thing that's been a little bit disappointing and revealing, is that I hope will get better is, turns out that a lot of women just have a problem with women in power.

You know, this whole sisterhood, this whole let's go march for women's rights and, you know, just constantly talking about what women look like or what they wear, or making fun of their choices or presuming that they're not as powerful as the men around.

This presumptive negativity about women in power I think is very unfortunate, because let's just try to access that and have a conversation about it, rather than a confrontation about it.

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