REVIEW: 'You’re Not Alone: The Conservative Woman’s Guide to College' is a tool for empowerment

This book is a must-read for any conservative woman embarking on her college journey.

If I could go back in time, I’d give “You’re Not Alone: The Conservative Woman’s Guide to College” to my high school self to open my eyes to what the next four years of my life were going to look like. This book is a must-read for any conservative woman embarking on her college journey.

Karin A. Lips, founder of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), combines personal stories with practical advice to address the challenges conservative women face on college campuses today. The book provides guidance on how to navigate these challenges, including biased professors or the pressure to conform to liberal ideologies, while maintaining personal integrity and conservative values.

This guide is organized into well-structured chapters on topics such as navigating politically charged class discussions, responding to biased professors, and finding supportive communities on campus.  

The author offers practical advice on how to engage in respectful dialogue, express conservative viewpoints effectively, and seek out like-minded individuals. By equipping readers with statistics and different strategies of persuasion, the book empowers readers to make more informed arguments, boosting their confidence when standing up for their beliefs.

The book covers other topics such as connecting with mentors, applying for scholarships and internships, and finding opportunities that can push a student toward their career goals.

Each chapter includes relatable anecdotes from conservative women who have successfully navigated college campuses, helping readers feel seen and understood. 

As a conservative college student, I’ve faced attacks by professors and students for my conservative values. My viewpoints have been ridiculed and silenced in the classroom, and reading the stories of other young conservative women who have faced similar situations has reassured me that I am not alone in facing these challenges.

“You’re Not Alone” also provides resources for students to learn more about the political climate on campuses, equipping them with information that may be valuable in their search for a university. For example, it encourages students to research the speech guides, bias reporting systems, and free speech zones of a prospective college. It’s important for a student to know how a college will treat their First Amendment rights before they commit to a school.

When I was applying to colleges, I was unaware of how the political climate on my campus would impact my academic experience. But as leftist ideology infiltrates American classrooms, learning about a college’s political climate has become increasingly important for students.

The author also encourages conservative women to actively participate in campus activities and leadership roles to make their voices heard. She offers tips on starting conservative clubs, organizing events, and building networks with other conservative students.

While the book primarily addresses conservative women, it also serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of ideological diversity and the importance of intellectual freedom on college campuses. The author encourages readers to question their own biases, listen to alternative perspectives, and strive for respectful and open-minded conversations.

The author’s writing style is engaging and conversational, making this an easy read. Readers don’t have to read the chapters in order and can choose the chapters that are most appropriate for them, making this an adaptable guide to fit their needs.

Overall, “You’re Not Alone” is a powerful tool that provides practical advice, reassurance, and encouragement to conservative women navigating the college environment. It reminds readers that they have allies in the fight to defend their beliefs and provides them with useful and practical advice for that fight.

Editorials and op-eds reflect the opinion of the authors and not necessarily that of Campus Reform or the Leadership Institute.