This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the two most visible and prominent conservative women's organizations: Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Independent Women's Forum (IWF). The book highlights the unique position of CWA and IWF as both conservative and women's organizations and explores how this status affects their actions. The chapter then discusses the concept of feminism, the book's central themes, the methodology used, and the significance of studying the political participation of conservative women. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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