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Hadley Heath

Age

25

Location

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Occupation

Senior Policy Analyst for Independent Women's Forum

Twitter

@HadleyHeath

Hadley Heath didn’t set out to get involved in promoting conservatism during college. In fact, Heath went out of her way during her freshman year at the University of North Carolina to shy away from her family’s conservative roots so she could figure out exactly what she believed.

Heath’s breakthrough came her sophomore year when her concern for nature placed her in environment-themed housing.

“Although I believe it’s our individual responsibility to take care of the earth, I found that a lot of the students in the program did not share my ideas on the government’s role,” Heath told Red Alert Politics. “I felt like I was the only student on my hall that had the worldview I had.”

Instead of succumbing to the opinions of her liberal dormmates, Heath ricocheted back to her conservative upbringing, saying she “became more grounded in those views after testing them.”

After reading Danielle Crittendon’s “What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us” in an economics class, Heath discovered the Independent Women’s Forum. Heath interned at IWF the summer of her junior year and was offered a full-time position upon graduation.

Heath said it’s important for young conservatives to determine their core values early on because these principles will serve as the framework for how one approaches the world.

“Being a conservative doesn’t mean that you don’t have concern for other people,” Heath said. “If anything, your concern is greater because you’re taking it on yourself as an individual instead of relying on the state or government.”

Beyond politics, Heath said she most looks forward to starting to her own family.

“As conservatives, we emphasize the importance of family so often… I want to walk the walk—have a successful marriage, become a mother,” she said. “Those things seem to be more important than my career.”

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