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Meet The College Student Who Launched A Conservative Women’s Magazine To Reclaim Feminism

A new magazine, Expressions, founded by a college student and geared toward conservative women, debuted earlier this year with the intention of “reclaiming feminism.”

The president of the magazine, Laci Williams, is a 20-year-old student at the University of Colorado Denver who had a dream to help conservative women redefine feminism, leading her to establish the magazine.

“We wanted to do something different,” Williams said in an interview with The Daily Wire. “We got inspiration from Cosmo because we liked that they were a brand magazine — it’s more than a magazine, it’s a huge brand.”

“Feminism has really ostracized conservatives,” Williams said. “We don’t even want to be involved anymore. It’s so sad.”

Williams describes the modern feminist movement as the “anti-Trump movement” or the “right to kill your child movement,” and hopes to reclaim feminism.

“I started Expressions because we are tired of not being included in that conservation,” Williams states. “We don’t believe in the wage gap. We want to be seen as strong women, but we don’t want to bag on traditional gender roles. I don’t know how [feminism] got so off the beaten path. We need to empower other women — all women — not just women who voted for Hillary or Bernie.”

Williams shared a story that happened a few days before the interview as an example of “how horrible feminists are to men,” explaining that when she was in Boulder, Colorado, a male friend tried to hold the door open for a woman, to which the womanresponded: “I don’t need you.”

“I thought ‘Oh, my God, what do I do, should I say something?’” Williams said about the interaction.

Williams says Expressions will take a look at the “war on masculinity.”

“We need to tackle this war on men. The war on women is obviously a big thing, but we need to talk about the guys.”

This mentality led Expressions to select gun rights activist Antonia Okafor to be the first person on the cover of their magazine, which is both online and has a limited number of print copies.

“We are reclaiming feminism and that’s why we chose Antonia for our first issue,” Williams explained. “She was talking to me about reclaiming feminism. Feminism should not be a dirty word and I am trying to get rid of that stigmatism in my own outlook.”

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(Left to right) COO Emily N. Roach, Director of Beauty Sarah Clark, and Founder/CEO Laci Williams at Expressions’ launch event, Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit

Expressions is a quarterly magazine whose writers are primarily students.

Williams says that although Expressions will be focused around conservative politics, “we realize that girls are more than just political.” This led them to feature articles about style, fashion, health, and music.

Articles in their first issue range from “The Art of Being Pro-Life” to “18 Ways to Be Happy and Beautiful in 2018.” They tend to keep a political focus when discussing other topics, as they did in their “Steal Her Style” section, where they give feature details about the outfits of four Trump women: Melania, Ivanka, Lara, and Tiffany.

Williams concluded, “We don’t need to be so dang serious all the time. If you are hanging out with your girlfriends who share similar values, have fun.”