Yesterday on the Albert Mohler radio show, I was asked my opinion about Sarah Palin's candidacy. It's a much longer and more nuanced answer than these short radio show slots can handle, but I did my best to give a credible overview in a concise manner. But honestly, the best--and most unexpected--impact I've seen seen was summed in a quote in today's Washington Post article about Palin's candidacy:
The unexpected recognition of a conservative as a role model for women has forced some traditional feminists to reconsider the movement's mission. "It's going to take us a while to find our bearings," said Sarah Stoesz, who runs the Planned Parenthood office that oversees Minnesota and the Dakotas. "As feminists, we've always thought that a core aspect of women's equality is about being in control of our reproductive lives. But Sarah Palin is throwing the calculus out the window and demonstrating a view that some people would call feminism: I can be governor, I can have five children, I can shoot and field-dress a moose, and I don't need access to abortion.
"There's a big debate inside the leadership of the women's movement about how much abortion should be a key political issue."
Wow. I never thought I'd see the day when abortion would begin to be delinked from the women's movement. It's a very encouraging sign that doors to new discussions could be swinging open.
(Photo by Ricky Carioti, courtesy of The Washington Post.)