The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, a women’s organization dedicated to preparing young women to be effective leaders in the conservative moment, honored regular HUMAN EVENTS contributor Michelle Malkin by awarding her its 2006 Woman of the Year Award for 2006. Malkin was presented the award by the organization’s president, Michelle Easton, at a luncheon held Saturday during CPAC 2006.
Malkin has a syndicated column that appears in nearly 200 newspapers nationwide and has written three books published by Regnery, a HUMAN EVENTS sister company, all of which have made the New York Times Best Sellers’ List. In her most recent book, “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild,” Malkin showcases the offensive attacks liberals have made over the years on her and the entire conservative movement. In recent weeks, Malkin has been placed in national spotlight for her thorough and courageous coverage on her popular conservative blog (MichelleMalkin.com) of the Islamic cartoon rage in Europe, which included the printing of Mohammadan cartoons in defense of free speech.
When presented the award Malkin was rendered nearly speechless, being overwhelmed with emotion for a time. She gave much of the credit for her work to her husband Jesse Malkin, who stood out in the crowd as one of the few men in attendance. A stay-at-home mother of two, she said she could never do all she does without his constant support.
Malkin used the mentoring lunch as an opportunity to speak to young women in the audience about a personal character-building experience that prepared her to be the woman she is today. She talked of a childhood hero and of her heroes today. She said the conservative women she admires most are "bold, graceful and humble." They "speak with force, as well as clarity,” she said, and "maintain ferocity and femininity at the same time."
Following her remarks, Malkin took questions from the audience about everything from how to deal with liberal physics professors to how she balances being a mother and journalist. To young women being discriminated for their beliefs, Malkin said: "Stand firm in what you believe and seek like-minded folks…"