Calling your opponents un-American and agitating for the most extreme pro-abortion position doesn’t just get you the attention of Daily Kos or Democratic Underground. It can get you props from a mainstream women’s magazine.
Elle revealed its list of the 10 most powerful women in D.C. on Wednesday – and included NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue as one of the top picks. Hogue recently accused pro-lifers and tea partiers of “lying and cheating,” and posited that anti-abortion means “anti-American”(even when 58% of Americans want all or most abortions illegal).
Elle's mission statement reads, “Our smart, irreverent take on fashion, beauty, and pop culture is at once aspirational and accessible, encouraging readers to cultivate not just personal style, but the success that comes with personal power.” The women’s fashion magazine boasts over five million female readers.
During “Morning Joe,” on left-wing “news” network MSNBC, Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers detailed Elle’s conditions for making the list: “We’re looking for diversity, and certainly unique and powerful women, but also those women who have something going on right now and that are really sort of very much in the mix of things.”
Myers explained how “the Elle woman” is “somebody who likes her substance with her style” and continued:
We think power is sort of the ultimate chic thing right now. I mean, as always. I mean, we’re looking at those lists of powerful women in the ultimate power town. How do they accrue power, I mean, how do they use it, how do they wield it, and how they’re really making affecting change.
The list also included Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Hillary Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, former U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash as well as Political COO Kim Kingsley.
— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.