Tomi Lahren: Being a conservative much harder than being a woman – Dallas News (blog)

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Michele De Grotte, 14, was among the young women who waited for a chance to shake Lahren’s hand ahead of the keynote address. 

“She’s been my role model,” the California teen said, noting that she heard Lahren speak at last year’s conference. “I’m just really excited to hear what she has to say this year.”

Lahren, who took the stage in a “They call me savage” t-shirt from her clothing line, kicked off a weekend lineup of conservative female voices, including presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and 2016 presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.

That’s who Olivia Roerich, 16, is looking forward to hearing from. She said that her home state of California is short on Republican women role models, and despite the failed presidential bid, she admires Fiorina.

“As a young women wanting to go into politics, she was a great role model for me,” Roerich said. “She was able to balance the hardships of being a women … but is still putting her message out there and going out there and fighting for what she believes in.”

Fiorina will address the conference Friday morning.