The women of The Federalist shared their thoughts in several new videos produced by The Washington Post for a project on the attitudes women have towards feminism.
Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway, who does not identify as a feminist, explained that the most important area of equality for women is legal equality, which has already been achieved.
“We have the same rights to life, to liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.
“The vast majority of the country does not identify as a feminist — including women,” Hemingway said. “I’m a proud not-feminist.”
Federalist contributor Lori Sanders, who doesn’t identify as a feminist, said that women are thriving today.
“The women in my generation are so successful, and you know we owe that to the generation of women who came before us,” she said. “But it’s certainly not men that are holding us down right now. If anything, men need help.”
Federalist contributor Melissa Langsam Braunstein, who does not identify as a feminist, said that the rise in family breakdown can be attributed to the feminist movement, because it encouraged women to push men away.
“There’s now a lot more children growing up today not knowing their fathers,” she said.
“I feel like to say I’m anti feminist would say I identify myself as in opposition to those people, and I don’t,” Braunstein said. “I feel like they’re sort of a sideshow.”
Federalist senior contributor Rebecca Cusey was classified by WaPo as a “Yes, But” feminist, or someone who views feminism with skepticism, but doesn’t altogether reject the label.
Cusey said adding a global perspective to the issues women face in America often gets left out of the conversation.
“I think American women have it really good,” she said.
“There are some men who are bad people, there are some women who are bad people,” she said. “I think if you allow them to define things for you, then that’s really your problem.”