Attorney Cleta Mitchell made major strides as an activist in the 1970s, fighting for equal opportunities for women. Now, she says the movement she helped create is no longer about “equal” opportunities, especially when it comes to conservative professional women.
As a college student, Mitchell was instrumental in the founding of Oklahoma Women’s Political Caucus. She says this women’s movement has gone full circle over the decades. Now, it excludes conservative women, which means she herself is no longer welcome.
Mitchell wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that the equal opportunities they were seeking at the time have been largely achieved. These days, young women can simply walk right through the doors already opened by her and feminist activist like her, she writes.
According to Cleta Mitchell, the women’s movement she helped to found has been success. But now, it’s been:
“…so hijacked by post-millennium feminism that declaring victory is unforgivable.”
The original fight was for “respecting women’s choices, whatever they may be,” she said, but added that the modern women’s movement doesn’t respect those who choose not to go into business, politics or the media.
If they choose to be “moms and wives and attend Bible study or bake cookies, they are ‘bitter clingers’ and ‘deplorable,'” she writes. “And if they happen to be conservative professional women, they are invisible.”
The women’s movement has become a “giant abortion-rights lobby,” Mitchell said, “demanding abortion far beyond the Roe v. Wade trimester construct.”
Women such as herself who oppose abortion are seen as opposing feminism, she said. “This is feminism today: abortion. No limits, no debate, no conversation. No nuances, no caveats, no tolerance.”
In addition, the equal opportunities brought by Title IX legislation now actually allows men to compete — as women — in the same sports. And the actions are cheered by feminists, she said.
“The vestiges of a once proud women’s movement have deteriorated into a new politically correct tyranny where women are subjected to the presence of men in places that should be safe and should protect women’s privacy, like restrooms, all in the name of ‘equality,'” Mitchell said.