Dressed in black and packing fashionably smart gazes at the camera’s lens, 12 high-profile ladies from the right—including one well-known power mother of 19—have earned spots in the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s 6th annual “Great American Conservative Women” calendar, available for purchase this week.
Last year, the vaunted Herndon, Va., women’s institute, which promotes leadership and brings conservative speakers to college campuses, garnered wattage with then-newsmaker Carrie Prejean, the controversial Miss USA who rose to the spotlight amid much praise and intense criticism with her unabashed pageant defense of traditional marriage.
This year, another beloved but decidedly less showbiz figure, Michelle Duggar, American’s unapologetic turbo-mom, makes an appearance on the monthly pages.
Alyssa Cordova, lecture director at the policy institute, said Duggar, a Christian mother of 19 children who stars on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV show, lends her family-spirited appeal to the list of notables that includes pundits Bay Buchanan and Ann Coulter and Congresswoman Michelle Bachman of Minnesota.
“We picked Michelle Duggar not because she is political at all but because she represents our ideals,” Cordova said. “She is devoted to taking care of her family, to doing her own thing, devoted to her faith. She represents a lot of things our people look up to.”
Andrea Tantaros, the political commentator and columnist, also modeled for the spread. Tantaros, a native of Allentown, Pa., and a Lehigh grad, is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC among others.
“I was thrilled and extremely flattered to be a part of it, or anything to do with the CBL Institute,” Tantaros said. “The photo shoot was a lot of fun but I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon. I’m no Giselle Bundchen, that’s for sure.”
Representing babes on Capitol Hill in the calendar is Amanda Carpenter, a Michigan native and former journalist (including a stint at HUMAN EVENTS) who serves as senior communications advisor and speech writer to Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
“Clare Booth Luce provides women with an invaluable message,” Carpenter said. “Modern conservative women don’t sacrifice their femininity for professionalism or family for the future. They can have it all. And we are.”
Others featured in this year’s calendar include author and columnist Michelle Malkin, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley as well as Kate Obenshain, the vice president of Young America’s Foundation, Star Parker, founder and president of CURE and California congressional candidate, and S.E. Cupp, a political commentator and author.
CBL’s Cordova says the mission of the institute is to help promote campus leadership and create a better balance of ideas in the educational environment. The calendar models, she said, serve as role models for both beauty and brains.
Cartoon courtesy of Brett Noel
“I think the Left always makes it seem that being pretty is mutually exclusive to being smart,” she said. “It’s appalling and a total double standard for conservative women. If you go to the women’s center on campus, they are trying to stifle any traces of femininity. We like to highlight that these women have great looks and also intellects.”
Editors Note: Calendars are free to students and available to non-students with a gift to the Institute of $25. To order your calendar, visit http://www.cblpi.org/calendar or call 888-891-4288.