On June 6, Candace Owens took the stage at Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit. As she walked onto the stage and the crowd of more than 1,200 attendees at the event leaped to their feet to cheer for her.
After greeting the crowd, Candace Owens said that it is very difficult to be a conservative woman in modern America. “We’re routinely mocked for being Conservative.”
She talked about how, “everyone who we grew up and loved… now tell you that you’re on the wrong side, and that they’re on the side of truth.”
“It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand up and wake up every day and say I’m going to be a conservative, and I believe in these values.”
She went on to highlight the incident that happened directly before YWLS 2018, where she critiqued the ‘Me too’ movement. She critiqued the movement because she believed that it was about hating men more than empowering women.
She added that she is not a feminist. “I don’t believe in feminism as it exists today.” She said that modern feminists talk about hating men, and that most of the people who talk about toxic masculinity, “are toxic feminists.”
She then told a story about a Feminism 101 class she took in college, and how the professor would blame every problem that women have on men. Candace said that it was in this class where she first realized that feminism wasn’t for her.
“I think feminism is a scam. I don’t think it’s about building women up, I think it’s about tearing them down.”