October 23rd, 2008
09:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin changes tune on 'feminist' label

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/03/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="Palin told Katie Couric last month she considers herself a feminist."]BEAVER, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Does Sarah Palin consider herself a feminist? It depends on which network anchor is asking.

In an interview on NBC Nightly News that aired Thursday, host Brian Williams asked Palin: "Governor, are you a feminist?"

"I'm not gonna label myself anything, Brian," she responded. "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different … I'm not going to put a label on myself. "

The vice presidential nominee said she believes in women's rights and equal rights. Palin went on to say that when she was growing up in Alaska, she "was expected to do the same thing that the guys were doing."

"I'm not going label myself feminist or not," she concluded, "but I do believe that American women can recognize in me an advocate and a friend. And I want to be in the White House for them."

But Palin gave a different answer in September when Katie Couric of CBS News asked her, "Do you consider yourself a feminist?"

"I do," Palin answered. "I'm a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed, and to try to do it all, anyway."

In that sit-down, Palin told Couric she defines a feminist as "someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women."

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soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Joel Miller

    She may not want to label herself "as anything". But she sure doesn't have any trouble smearing others as terrorists, un-American, rogue cops, rogue police commissioners, socialists, etc.

    October 23, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Jeff

    What about charging women for rape kits in Wasilla? How does that qualify her as feminist (per the Couric interview)?

    October 23, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. BP

    Do you think there is any bias in the media against women? Hillary never got a fair shake. I know Obama is the greatest leader that ever was, but they need to ease off of Palin. The american people might get the wrong idea.

    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Jim, NY

    CNN–why don't you get off it? Sarah Palin is so much more accomplished than her critics--Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S., Member Alaskan Energy and Conservation Board, Candidate for VP-all by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 kids. Not only that, she's gorgeous and that further kills her critics.

    You can keep criticizing but she just keeps on smiling at you and moving forward. She's the big winner in the end because she has millions of adoring fans who don't care what Ticker readers say and they will reward her in many ways.

    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. MtNebo

    Did she forget what she said previously? If not, why has she backed away from her affirmation of being a feminist? Surely she understands the speculation that will follow? She must have a plan here that will become evident once we see the light.

    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. gorfulunk

    Q: Gov. Palin, do you consider yourself an intellectual?


    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. Rotimi DaCosta

    I am counting down to Nov 4th so as to never run across Gov Palin's unstable remarks, ITS TOO MUCH!!!!
    I am so DONE!!
    Besides if she considers herself a born again christian like she claims, then she should have been told that feminism is no where in the Books

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. a whole town

    150,000 worth of clothes in two months, that represents a whole town of struggling average jane. lady!

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Funny how she won't label herself, which is very easy for most people to do but, she has absolutely no problem telling everybody who the "Real American's" are... she has no problem labeling Obama as a "socialist" or even somebody who hangs out with Terrorists.

    This woman truly scares me. I've known people like her and I can tell you right now... "It is either Her way or the Highway!" There will never be any nicities like "let's agree to disagree" and remain co-workers, friends, whatever. Her way or NO way!

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Manda

    A feminist who wants to take away my rights over my own female body.???? Explain.

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. bethi in alaska

    another gem now coming out of the other side of her mouth.
    One has to admit – she truly has a gift for B.S.

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. mom for obama

    It's obviously another example of "gotcha" journalism...doesn't matter to me though because none of the women I know respect her at all and my vote has already been cast for Obama/Biden.

    October 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Again, Palin offers no specific plans, initiatives or policies for her 'women agenda' just as she has nothing to add to her energy policies or anything else. An empty, albiet expensive, suit.

    October 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Mike

    Okay, that just did it for me. I'm switcing parties from voting for McCain and voting for Obama. Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. John

    Equal rights. How about "Pro Choice". Do women really need the vote from men to decide what happens inside her body. A bunch of crusty, and dusty old men spitting their tobacco on too bar room floors will decide if a woman has this right. Genius! If it were us (men) who got pregnant, I'd bet that we'd see this right written into the bible, forget the Supreme Court.

    October 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    OMG she FLIP-FLOPED!!!!! Oh wait it's the republican ticket.

    Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Joe The Plumber for Obama

    Gov. Palin, you are absolutely right, the American public is tired of political campaigns with labels. Is calling Obama a "liberal" not "labeling?"

    Obama-Biden 2008!!

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. kcmd34

    she thinks people should have equal rights, unless you're a loving gay couple who wants the same rights as their straight, married counterparts. before she gave interviews, people complained she wasn't giving interviews. now that she is giving interviews, it seems to be impossible for her to say the same thing to more than one person. she should have kept her mouth shut.

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. sandra /Irving Tx

    This woman is crazy... notice when she is speaking, you can see LIES coming from her tongue. A good liar never stops talking and always has an answer to any and everything. Please , lets send
    Paliar back to Alaska, (I am not sure if they want her back after getting to know and see their real Mavrick.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. Denise

    She doesn't want to start labelling different parts of America? As in calling parts of Virginia 'real Virginia'???? Calling people terrorits? Socialists?

    She's totally wacked!!

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. This one is for That One

    The sooner she returns to Alaska....the better it will be for ALL women!!

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. vivianne

    she is not a feminist. one who thinks that a women has no right to choice even in the extreme cases of rape and incest is by no means a feminist.

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Arizona Demo

    LOL She is about as far from a feminist as anyone could possibly be.

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. keekers

    Yea, and I'm Mother Teresa. Maybe Alaska should seceede–Morons

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Justin from CT

    Palin is about as much as a feminist as McCain is a real conservative.

    October 23, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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