Gov. Kristi Noem on Feminism: ‘There’s Something in Us that Causes Us to Take a Step Back’

By Craig Bannister | March 19, 2021 | 1:44pm EDT
Gov. Kristi Noem

Women tend to “take a step back” and question their abilities more than men, and they need to address that instinct, Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) says.

“We are different in the way we think,” which makes it crucial for women to make their voices heard in political policymaking, Gov. Noem said in an interview discussing feminism with The Daily Signal:

“I don’t think there’s 'women’s issues' and 'men’s issues.' But, there is definitely a woman’s perspective on every issue.

“And, we are different in the way we think, in the way we tackle problems and challenges. And, having that voice at the table is incredibly important, for getting better policy.”

Still, “I’ve noticed that woman back away a little bit more,” Gov. Noem said, recalling an instance when a Republican leadership position opened up in the House:

“Every man in the House thought, ‘I would be the best majority leader ever.’ And, every woman thought, ‘I don’t know if I could do that job.’ And so, that’s the part that disturbed me, is that every woman I talked to said, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I’ve got the skills; I don’t know if I can do that.

“And so, women need to deal with that.

“There’s something in us that causes us to take a step back and not know if we’re up to the challenge. And, boy, we are.”

Women often “need to be asked” to pursue leadership roles, so she’s going to ask them to do just that, Gov. Noem said:

“Women need to be asked. So, I’m going to ask a lot of women to step up and to be there, because we end up with better policies, our country will be better off, and we need them in leadership positions.”

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