Imagine a world where men embrace their masculinity and are actually recognized and rewarded for being a gentleman. Is that even possible?
Turns out, such a world exists and a group of women are the ones encouraging it. For the month of February, the Network of enlightened Women, an organization that promotes conservative ideas on college campuses. NeW is sponsoring its annual contest to “honor and identify the nation’s top gentlemen” in “The Gentlemen Showcase.”
“The future shouldn’t be female or male—but one of women and men working together. That’s the real definition of equality”
Two contest spans two different age groups: the “College Contest” and the “Under 30.” Folks are encouraged to speak up and nominate a guy they think demonstrates respect and gentlemanly behavior. Already students from Harvard, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and other schools have joined the contest. The winner gets bragging rights and $1000 to a charity of his choice. The college winner gets a Vineyard Vines tie, while the under 30 winner gets a Brooks Brothers gift card. Whoever nominates the winners also receives a $100 Amazon gift card.
Last year, about 100 guys were nominated from 30,000 votes. The “Gentlemen Showcase” has been profiled by ABCnews.com, Townhall and The Washington Post, among others.
“The contest was originally created to honor great men on college campuses,” NeW president Karin Agness told Opportunity Lives. “It’s designed to encourage mutual respect between men and women, rather than pitting them against one another.” A novel concept in today’s feminist-soaked culture where the “future is female,” as Hillary Clinton said recently.
“It’s designed to encourage mutual respect between men and women, rather than pitting them against one another.”
“The future shouldn’t be female or male—but one of women and men working together. That’s the real definition of equality,” Agness said.
Since 2010 when the contest began, some common characteristics have emerged among the winners. People seem to gravitate towards how men treat others. “The men demonstrate respect and kindness; their willingness to put others before themselves is admirable,” Agness said.
While some of the nominations are romantic in nature, often many people choose to nominate a friend, family member or colleague.
Michael DeSantis is one such nominee. He has helped raise money for heart disease in honor of his late father and also helped passed legislation in North Carolina to help provide autism insurance after his brother was diagnosed.
Connor Hickey, another nominee, was simply a good Samaritan, helping a friend when her car broke down on I-95 after moving. Cory Legg is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, eager to help his family and others in need.
“These men are upstanding citizens and are improving their communities because of their gentlemanly virtues,” Agness said. The winner will be a tough call indeed.
“These men are upstanding citizens and are improving their communities because of their gentlemanly virtues”
NeW represents conservative women attending college. The group educates young women about conservative ideas and cultivates “a community in which to discuss and strengthen these ideas,” providing encouragement for young women to speak up for conservatism on their college campuses.
To nominate a man you think might be a model gentleman, participants just have to post a photo with a short note explaining why their nominees deserve the title “NeW Gentleman of the Year.” May the best gentlemen win!
Nicole Russell is a contributor for Opportunity Lives. You can follow her on Twitter .