During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Kellyanne Conway delivered several remarks about feminism that left many confused. During the discussion, Conway not only categorized the modern feminist movement as being "anti-male," but she also claimed that she does not identify as a feminist.
When asked about the Women's March that occurred after the inauguration of President Trump, Conway removed herself from the feminist movement.
"For me, 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 in this context. And I’m neither anti-male or pro- abortion, so," the counselor to the president told the audience. "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 what conservative feminism, if you will, is all about."
Conway then went on to admit that she believes women should be paid the same as men and offered a story where she said, "I'll have what he's having," when asked about her speaking fee.
"I said, 'Uh huh.' He said, 'Excuse me?' And I said, 'Well, you said Mark Mellman and I were going to do the same thing, show up at the same time, give the same remarks, so I’ll have what he’s having.' And the man said, in 1996 having never gotten a dollar to give a speech before, he said, 'Well, Mark requested $3,500, would that be [OK]?' And I said, 'That’ll be fine,'" Conway recounted.
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