‘What Women Really Want’: Crushing conservative stereotypes in stilettos made of courage
WASHINGTON, August 31, 2014 — When Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon planned their futures, they never expected to be on the front lines of a movement changing the face of American politics.
All three had envisioned a quiet life filled with the pursuit of career and family. Fate however, had other plans for these women, and it would send them on a journey that would challenge and strengthen their very core. Today, they have become not only the face, but the heart and soul of “ PolitiChicks,” a conservative news and media site that is changing the face of conservatism and shattering old stereotypes.
One of the founding principles of PolitiChicks is to give a voice to women around the world, to awaken their “warrior spirit” and recognize every woman as an unstoppable force for change.
“What Women Really Want” is a beautifully written book co-authored by Murrell, Brittany and Loudon. Its pages chronicle the long struggle by all three women to overcome enormous personal adversity to find an unbridled courage inside, a struggle that continues to inspire both men and women.
Ann-Marie Murrell is the national director, editor-in-chief and lead anchor of PolitiChicks.TV and, until 2001, a lifelong Democrat. Her path to becoming a conservative has been filled with both heartache and the power of self-actualization.
At the age of six, Murrell had a fight with her father: “My sister and I were planning to go to a school function with our father. My sister got sick and my father said neither of us could go. I was furious and said things I really didn’t mean never realizing I would never see my father again.” The next morning Ann-Marie’s mother woke her with the news, “She told me my father had been killed in a car crash that night and no matter how many tears I cry I can never wash away the pain of his loss and I know my heart will always be broken at the thought of never hearing his voice again.”
It is the feeling of hopelessness after her father’s death that planted the seed that would be the catalyst for change in her life. She describes the moment when her decision to change political parties crystallized. “It was on 9/11 that I awoke from the dream that peace and love could exist without sacrifice. I felt that sense of being powerless that I had when my father died and I realized what evil really was and that we had to defend against it with every means necessary. We had to fight with every fiber of our being to preserve our way of life.”
On September 12, 2011, Murrell called her local GOP office. “I was sobbing as I dialed the number for the GOP and I cried as I told them I could no longer be a Democrat.” Her tears that day would form a wave that would carry her on a pilgrimage in search of both knowledge and enlightenment guided by an unshakable courage awakened inside her.
In 2011, Murrell began a webTV talk show called PolitiChicks, and the world would feel the tremors of a rising tsunami that would rock the very core of politics. In 2013, PolitiChicks was nominated at CPAC as the “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year” and Murrell was awarded Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang Ronald Reagan Award.
Murrell is a writer and contributor to numerous publications such as TownHall, Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, The Blaze and others. She has also been a guest on a growing list of radio and television shows. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Mark and her son Jason, where she continues to be a voice for change and a warrior fighting to reveal the true face of conservatism.
Dr. Gina Loudon is the author of “Ladies and Gentleman”, the host of “The Smart Life With Dr. Gina” and a frequent commentator on Fox News and Fox Business channels. Her thirst for knowledge began at a very young age and it has driven her to earn two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychological fields.
Loudon’s PolitiChicks colleague and friend Murrell best describes her: “Gina is someone that if she says she is going to do something she has the unrelenting focus and drive to make it happen. If it were not for Gina we would not be talking about What Women Really Want as a book but rather as an idea not yet come to fruition.”
Loudon’s political journey would begin as a road paved with heartache. When she was a young girl, her father left one day, shattering the hopes and dreams Gina had for a “normal family.” “My father said he was going on a ski trip but deep inside I knew he was never coming back. I remember screaming and crying once the door closed behind him and being woken up by my mother after I had fallen asleep from exhaustion.”
Loudon remembers, “There was a father/daughter dance at my school and I was dreading it. When the day of the dance finally arrived my Grandfather appeared to take me. The other kids made fun of how old my ‘dad’ was but the love my grandfather showed for me that day is one of the corner stones of my memories as a young girl.”
Her mother eventually remarried, and years later Loudon would attempt to reconnect with her father. Politics was the only topic they found as a basis for conversation. It was here that the tide of political activism began to rise inside her. “There were times I would disagree with my father’s political views and he would get very angry at me. Most of the time I would just go along with what he said because I didn’t want to make him angry.”
Then came the day that changed. “My father’s intolerance for my political beliefs became too much to bear and that combined with the anger of him leaving me as a child tipped the balance of my fear and from deep inside a voice rose up. After years of masking what I truly believed I stopped hiding whom I was that day and walked away in tears. It would be years before I saw my father again.”
Gina fell in love her freshman year of college with a young man named John Loudon. The two were eventually married and John became a Missouri State Senator. They started a family that would grow to include five children, one of whom is adopted. Gina and John have always believed in setting an example for others, and after searching for ten years, they adopted a baby boy with Down’s syndrome and named him Samuel.
When John termed out, Gina unsuccessfully ran for his seat. Her insatiable drive to change the course politics had taken refused to remain dormant, and from a small radio show in St. Louis, her voice and her following began to grow. Today the Dr. Gina Show can be heard in eight states and her work with PolitiChicks continues to shift into “overdrive.” She has contributed to or her work has been cited in myriad publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, the Huffington Post and Vanity Fair.
She is also a political commentator appearing on an expansive number of radio and television programs. Loudon lives in San Diego with her husband and their five children. She continues to inspire multitudes with her passion for educating the world about the true nature of conservatism.
Morgan Brittany is a former Democrat and writer for Town Hall Finance, and has appeared numerous times on Dennis Miller’s television show and Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel for Fox News as well as on many conservative radio programs.
Her acting career spans over 50 years. It began when she was a young girl with her appearance in shows such as “My Three Sons” and “The Andy Griffith Show.” As an adult, she appeared on the hit show “Dallas” as Katherine Wentworth, the half sister of Cliff Barnes and Pamela Ewing.
She began her journey as a political activist in the 1960’s when she became active in the civil rights movement and as a member of the Young Democrats of California campaigned for Robert Kennedy. Morgan has been a tireless advocate for children her entire life. For 20 years she was a celebrity ambassador and national spokesperson for the March of Dimes, traveling the world to raise awareness and funding to help bring an end to birth defects. During her work with the March of Dimes, Brittany was invited to the White House by both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
For Brittany, the road to becoming a conservative began when she began to see the political landscape change and no longer reflect her sense of values. It would be during the presidency of Ronald Reagan when, after years of being a Democrat, she began to see the need to voice her own opinion even though she knew her acting career would suffer.
In 2001, Brittany would begin to speak out for conservative values and policies and raise money for candidates who reflected those qualities. She has seen the changing face of Hollywood and watched in dismay as violence replaced family values as a foundation for movie story lines. She works passionately to bring the focus of the entertainment industry back to supporting the American family by making movies and music that focus on strengthening the bond between parents and their children rather than eroding it.
Brittany married her husband, stuntman Jack Gill in 1981. Her daughter Katie is an actress and her son Cody a stuntman. Morgan Brittany continues to inspire those around her including her fellow PolitiChicks as she spreads her message of hope and empowerment to make the world a better place not only for her children but also for all children. Morgan Brittany divides her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
“What Women Really Want” is an emotionally honest and heartfelt story of three women who found an unwavering strength inside them to be a voice for change in the world today. It is an eloquently written portrayal of three lives that traveled on the road to empowerment while navigating every obstacle with grace and courage. It dispels the myths surrounding conservatism and casts aside the age-old stereotypes of a political movement fueled by hate and plagued by racism.
“What Women Really Want” will be released September 2, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.