Top 10 Most Influential Conservative Women in America

In America today, our culture places a lot of value on promoting women.  However, it is very rare that the mainstream media gives any positive attention to the contributions conservative women have had on our society.
At the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, we promote mentors and women leaders from all walks of life who are committed to the constitutional principles of individual freedom, economic liberty, limited government, personal responsibility, and traditional values, and we wanted to honor some of the great women who have been champions of these ideals.
We have teamed up with some of our favorite conservative men at HUMAN EVENTS to bring you the Most Influential Conservative Women in America, highlighting the lives and achievements of the top ladies of the Conservative movement. Click on each name to read the profile. Glenn Beck writes about Michele Bachmann; Rep. Steve King on the great Phyllis Schlafly; Film director Steve Bannon on Sarah Palin; Jason Mattera on Michelle Malkin, and a whole lot more.
The women on this list have made a tremendous impact for the better on this great country—and even abroad—and we are thrilled with the opportunity to give them the attention they deserve.
Alyssa Cordova
Lecture Director
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

1—Sarah Palin

Nominee for Vice President in 2008, Governor of Alaska, leader of Tea Party Movement in America, a widely admired professional, wife, mother and woman of faith.

2—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Three term congresswoman from Minnesota, wife, mother of 5, foster mother of 23, national leader for taxpayers besieged by overwhelming government intrusion into their lives.

3—Phyllis Schlafly

Led the charge against radical feminism in the 1970’s by mobilizing millions of women to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. She is the founder and president of Eagle Forum, author of more than 20 books, attorney, syndicated columnist, campus lecturer and debater, married 45 years, and mother of four sons and two daughters.

4—Ann Coulter

Author of seven New York Times best-selling books, a television and radio commentator, attorney, nationally syndicated columnist, and the most popular campus speaker in the country.

5—Michelle Malkin

New York Times best-selling author of titles including Culture of Corruption, Invasion, In Defense of Internment, and Unhinged. Malkin runs the most popular conservative blog in America averaging 6 million page views per month, has been married for 18 years, is a popular campus speaker, and mother of two.

6—Bay Buchanan

United States Treasurer under President Reagan beginning in 1981. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775.  Bay currently serves as president of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues.

7—Marji Ross

President and publisher of Regnery Publishing, which has published over 50 best- selling books during her tenure. Her decision to print John O’Neill’s, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry changed the course of history in 2004. She is a wife and proud mother of three daughters.

8—Cleta Mitchell

President of the American Conservative Union Foundation which funds the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. With more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises corporations, nonprofit and issue organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure.

9—Michelle Easton

Founded Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the foremost organization devoted to mentoring young women for strong conservative leadership, served 12 years for President Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, president of Virginia State Board of Education for Governor Allen, attorney, married 31 years, and mother of three sons.

10—Star Parker

A former single welfare mother living in Los Angeles who reformed her life and became the president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). Wrote two books, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats and Uncle Sam’s Plantation, powerful campus speaker, television and radio personality, and mother of two daughters. In 2010, Star ran for the Republican Congressional seat in California’s 37th District and was unanimously elected. Though she did not win, she increased Republican votes in the district.

(Honorary) 11—Margaret Thatcher

Conservative and first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Worked alongside President Reagan to defeat communism and promote the values of freedom and limited government. Though not an American, Lady Thatcher’s conservative leadership in the United Kingdom has been an inspiration to the U.S. Conservative Movement and to many all over the world.


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  • AgTrotter

    Schlafly at #3? Good grief, she towers over your first two.

  • http://twitter.com/pslattery317 Pat Slattery

    Laura Ingraham would have been a nice addition. Great author, great radio host, speaker… I can’t argue with your other choices though. Perhaps the list simply needs to be longer.

  • Tomas de Torquemada

    In any event, why is there no photo of her in a bikini and heels?

  • jerrymcglothlin

    Michele Bachman is #2 but if she has a second surge, she may soon be #1 on this list.

    Many people forget that Michele Bachman had a first surge that made her the GOP Presidential Primary frontrunner.

    A long line of conservative men had their shot and fizzled. Rick Perry and Herman Cain surged and fizzled. Ron Paul is a great man but a Libertarian. Mitt is too closely associated with ObamaCare and has peaked.
    And even if secular conservatives can forgive Newt for his soft-on-illegal-immigration stand and being a consummate insider, some Evangelicals still view him as a serial adulterer. And Huntsman is too liberal and too late.

    That leaves Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. And while Rick espouses many principled stands stands, conservatives don’t trust him since he backed liberal Arlen Spector against Conservative Pat Toomey.
    According to WebToday.tv this leaves Michele Bachman for a second surge. I tend to agree. 

  • mutantbeast

    Your list is awesome. I can see nothing but positives in every women on your list. 

  • mutantbeast

    Id love to see ir, though Id have no issues supporting Perry, Gingrich or Cain against the commie moslem who currently inhabits the white house(must PO Moochelle calling it the White House-SS agents say shes an absolute racist)

  • The_Political_Industry

    What about Dana Loesch?  Young, sexy, smart, and fresh!

  • Mike_in_Wasilla

    # 11. My girlfriend .  She is conservative and extremely influential. ( She tells me what to do, say and think all the time)

  • dan18921951

    If sarah palin is the leader of the tea party movement in america, i quit.  But she isn’t.  All the above
    are moderate conservative, excepting maybe phyllis schafely, who is regularly at eauclairejournal.com , a truly
    conservative newspaper.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6H2TO27L6SHMYHJCN524Y5NIVI Jennifer

    I really liked this list, and I looked forward to each installment last week.  Some of the women I knew about, and was happy to see them honored here; while there were some were unfamiliar to me, and I really enjoyed learning about them.  In all cases, I was inspired!

  • TampaMike50

    haha, I was waiting for someone to drop a little ‘wit’ into the comments.  Maybe we should have a brains AND beauty contest with our ladies??  After all–they are so much more appealing physically than ANY liberal woman.  And I am using the term ‘woman’ as it was meant to be used; i.e., born with the body parts and so forth that is DIFFERENT then men.  With a lot of the leading libs–you can’t always tell!! 


    You’re obviously a racist in that you didn’t include Moochelle Mammy Obammy!!!

  • fpete13527

    Great list!  Absolutely needs Dana Loesch and Pam Geller though IMO.


    Oops!  I didn’t read the article too closely.  I didn’t see the Conservative part!

  • tuffone3

    Sounds like a good reason to me.

  • kjanssen

    Michele Bachmann will make a great President!  She has a Constitutional Conservative voting record that no other candidate can match.  What I like about Michele & Sarah, is that they are more concerned about doing the right thing for “We the People”, than pleasing their corrupt counterparts. 

  • aktien

    I wish Coulter would get off her recent RINO-esque “electability” rants and get back in touch with true conservative principles. Otherwise, she needs to be booted from the list to make room for real conservatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Hughes/100000063042078 Mary Hughes

    I totally agree with you concerning Ann.  She and a few other so-called conservative women are acting like jealous girlfriends.  They just can’t let other women succeed and be happy for them.  Dana Perino is another establishment Republican filled with jealousy.

  • aktien

    Thanks, Mary, and ditto on Perino.

  • http://twitter.com/LifeDontWasteIt Leslie A H Redweik

    Number THREE just endorsed number two for PRESIDENT!! :) Go Michele Bachmann! http://www.facebook.com/groups/mbachmann

  • FarRightofLeft

    How about Mia Love, Condaleeza Rice, Laura Bush, Deneen Borelli, and Lone Ranger of Hollywood Stacy Dash – who is not afraid to speak her mind about the hypocrisy of the left in Hollywood.

  • ctl

    With the exception of Margaret Thatcher all these women are morons and even stupider are the people who think the likes of Palin, Malkin, Bachman have any credibility.

  • matt mccleary

    Are there any conservitive gals that just wanna talk politics?