The Rising of the Mama Grizzlies


Susan B. Anthony List and the Celebration of Life Breakfast

On May 14, 2010, The Celebration of Life Breakfast, held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List and General Chairman Jane Abraham, with keynote speaker former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The breakfast came on the heels of two critical wins for the pro-life movement directly resulting from the organization’s grassroots efforts: Rep. Bart Stupak’s decision to retire, and the primary defeat Tuesday night of his close ally, Rep. Allan Mollohan of West Virginia.  Both so-called “pro-life Democrats” voted for a healthcare bill that included federal funding for abortion, despite their public commitment to stripping the bill of any federal funding for elective abortions.

Sarah Palin’s speech captured national media attention, and the themes she emphasized are continuing to echo in the dialogue of “authentic, pro-life feminism.” She hit the nail on the head when she spoke of a new kind of feminism that embraces life and tells women that they are capable of both being mothers and having a career. Palin talked about “empowering women” by making sure women who are pregnant in “less-than-ideal circumstances” know that they have options. She talked beautifully about her son Trig and the beautiful challenge of raising a son with Down syndrome. She talked about “a new revival of that original feminism of Susan B. Anthony” and  said, “Together, we’re showing young women that being pro-life is in keeping with the best traditions of the women’s movement.” And of course, she famously characterized today’s political women as “Mama Grizzlies,” who are upset about the “generational theft” and this “fundamental change” and are going to rise up to do something about it, for the sake of their children and for America.

The Atlantic: 2012: Palin to Keynote Susan B. Anthony List Breakfast
Date: Mar 25 2010 By: Chris Good
CQ: Palin Takes The Stage In Washington May 14

Date: March 25, 2010 By: Emily Cadei

Politico: Sarah Palin keynoting anti-abortion fundraiser
Date: March 25, 2010  By: Andy Barr

The Washington Times: News from Lake Palin
Date: March 26, 2010  By: Jennifer Harper

CNN: Palin drills down policy in high-profile speech
Date: April 9, 2010 By: Peter Hamby

The Washington Times: Dates of Interest
Date: May 13, 2010  By: Jennifer Harper

Salon: "Mama grizzlies" rise up
Date: May 14, 2010 By: Tracy Clark-Flory

Washington Post: Palin tells anti-abortion rights activists that she understands why women have abortions
Date: May 14, 2010 By: David Weigel

Washington Post: Media and activists come out for Palin's antiabortion speech
Date: May 14, 2010 By: David Weigel

ABC News: Palin: Momma Grizzly Bears Are Rising
Date: May 14, 2010 By: Huma Kahn

Human Events: Palin Backs Fiorina in GOP Primary
Date: May 15, 2010 By: John Gizzi

Fox News: Former Governor Palin on Supreme Court Nominee Kagan, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Greece and More
Date: May 15, 2010 By: Van Susteren

The Washington Examiner: Sightings: Brown drinks beers, Van Susteren skips breakfast, Washington visits GW
Date: May 16, 2010 By: By: Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri

The Epoch Times: Sarah Palin Takes Aim at Obama, Immigration, and Border Security
Date:  May 16, 2010 By: Andy Thomas

The Atlantic: A Conservative’s Case for Sarah Palin’s Genius
Date: May 16 2010

Politics Daily: Republican Wave Could Sweep In Minority Candidates, Too
Date: May 17, 2010 By: Matt Lewis

Washington Times: Gnashing of Teeth
Date: May 17, 2010 By: Jennifer Harpe

CCN: Post Buries Article on Palin’s Call for ‘Conservative, Feminist Identity’
Date: May 17, 2010  By:  Breaking Web News Source

The Washington Post: Palin calls Fiorina and other Republican candidates 'mama grizzlies'
Date: May 17, 2010  By: Chris Cillizza

CBS News: Palin Brings New Emphasis to Female Politicians
Date: May 17, 2010  By: Stephanie Condon

National Review : Sarah Palin: A Feminist in the Pro-Life Tradition
Date: May 24, 2010 By: Kathryn Jean-Lopez

The Washington Post: Opinion: The fake feminism of Sarah Palin
Date: May 30, 2010 By: Jessica Valenti

The Daily Caller: The feminist left’s mission to demonize Palin
Date: June 4, 2010 By: Jedediah Bila

The Huffington Post: Why the 'Pro-Women' Movement Should and Will Replace Feminism
Date: June 6, 2010 By: Amy Siskind

Southern California Public Radio: The Endorser: Palin Gains Notice As A Primary Force
Date: June 9, 2010 By: Don Gonyea

Los Angeles Times: 2010: Year of the Conservative Woman?
Date: June 10, 2010 By: Doyle McManus

Newsweek: Saint Sarah
Date: June 11, 2010 By: Joshua Lott

Associated Press: Palin More Pragmatic than Friends and Foes Expect
Date: June 13, 2010 By: Becky Bohrer

Politico: Sarah Palin visiting Margaret Thatcher
Date: June 14, 2010 By: Andy Barr

PressDemocrat: Will 2010 be’The Year of the Conservative Woman’?
Date: June 14, 2010 By: Doyle McManus

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Karen Heller: Women candidates showcase new vision of feminism
Date: June 16, 2010 By: Karen Heller

St. Louis Today: The Year of the Woman
Date: June 17, 2010 By: Colleen Carroll Campbell

CBS: Sarah Palin Endorses Three New ‘Mama Grizzlies’
Date: June 18, 2010 By: Brian Montopoli