March, being Women’s History Month, should be a good time to revisit an old question. Throughout the latter half of the Twentieth Century anti-freedom trolls have been ridiculing the Modern American libertarian Movement by claiming that it’s nothing more than a financially comfortable upper middle class Anglo protestant white man’s club and then demanding to know – almost as a religious-like invocation – “Where Are All The Libertarian Women?”
This mantra has successfully persisted to the present day because its mantra-chanters have doggedly ignored two simple facts:
1. They ignore that the movement was founded by three incredible female writers: They were identified in Brian Doherty’s book Radicals for Capitalism (the free market kind of capitalism, not the Marxian/Engels corporatist kind) as Rose Wilder Lane (The Discovery of Freedom), Isabel Paterson (The God of the Machine) and Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead).
2. They ignore the fact that this is the 21st Century and libertarian women have become a growing force in the liberty movement and they’re virtually everywhere now. There are literally too many female libertarians online to count. Better known individuals include Wendy McElroy, Karen De Koster, Angela Keaton, Mary Ruwart, Katherine Albrecht, Gigi Bowman, Marianne “LibertarianGirl” Copenhaver, Julie Borowaski, Former Reason editor Virginia Postrel, “Kennedy” of Fox Business Network and the list goes on.
Libertarian women’s groups include the long-running and the recent: “Association of Libertarian Feminists” founded in 1973 and still going strong; “Ladies of Liberty Alliance” and “Ron Paul Girls” both still active since 2009; The self-explained “Women for Gary Johnson” FB page; the Students for Liberty activist group “Women for Liberty;” and the “National Organization of Libertarian Women” on Facebook with their newly emerging website.
There have also been several photo articles called “Hottest Libertarian Women” in recent years which some call sexist but then there have also been “Hottest Libertarian Men” features so they’re either both sexist or they cancel each other out.
Many more female libertarians are nonpolitical voluntaryists, mutualists, agorists and anarchists. Many are active in student groups and nonpartisan organizations. Many are active in national, state and local Libertarian politics. Many are just individuals leading honest, peaceful, nonviolent lives by minding their own business.
Over the years Libertarian News Examiner has covered groups like Ladies of Liberty Alliance, Voluntaryist-Vixens, Libertarian Hotties (“Freedom is Sexy”) and individual female libertarians like political candidates, singer-songwriters, bloggers, activists and business entrepreneurs.
And then there’s this: Instead of asking “why aren’t there more libertarian women?” today’s generation female libertarian Avens O’brien intelligently inquired in her recent article for The Libertarian Republic “Has anybody actually researched how many women identify as libertarian or why so few do?” The answer, apparently, is “No,” so she’s asking everyone, men and women, to answer her survey questions.
Who knows, maybe there really isn’t any shortage of women in the libertarian movement. Maybe they’re in the majority. Maybe, like the three female founders, they’re the driving force of the movement today. Happy Women’s History Month.