Conway talks conservativism vs ‘feminism’: I’m a product of my choices, not victim of my circumstances

Kellyanne Conway doesn’t like to call herself a feminist and definitely does not see herself as a victim of circumstances.

The counselor to the president elaborated on the role of women in the conservative movement during an interview Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“It’s 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,” Conway told Mercedes Schlapp. ” And I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion.”

“I look at myself as a product of my choices and not a victim of my circumstances,” Conway added. “And that’s what I believe conservative ‘feminism,’ if you will,  is all about.”

Conway shared that her experiences have led to a “disappointing and revealing” conclusion.

“Turns out a lot of women just have a problem with women in power,” she said. “This presumptive negativity about women and power I think is very unfortunate. Let’s just try to access that and have a conversation about it rather than a confrontation.”

The 50 year-old former Trump campaign manager also addressed how women in the 2016 election “looked past commonality of gender” by not voting for former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Being the first woman president of the U.S. is something she said she still encourages her daughters to aim for.

Conway gave some advice to women who face salary gap issues and gave a personal story of how she once handled pay negotiations.

Conway had some sound advice for conservative college students as well, as they navigate the very liberal waters of the educational institutions.

“Don’t live online. Live in real time,” she said. “Live in the real world.”

Of course, Conway took time to speak about her boss, the president, and gave some insight into his private self and what motivates him.

Trump is scheduled to speak at the conference on Friday morning in very different circumstances than when he addressed attendees in 2015.

This year’s CPAC attendees may well give Trump, the first sitting Republican president to speak at the conference since Ronald Reagan, a warm welcome. Conway quipped that Trump’s significant impact on the conservative movement may affect the 44th annual CPAC event.

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