Women's History Month Highlight: Molly Donlin

What does being a Republican woman mean to you?

As a Republican woman I am principally defined by what I make of my economic and individual freedom. I am grateful that my Party does not cast me as a single-issue voter and that it understands the value of self-reliance. My desire to engage in politics as a Republican woman is founded upon these ideas, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the role government is intended to play in my life.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?

As is the nature of our work, you quickly learn that victory is never certain. Working for Mitt Romney in 2012 was a rewarding experience but we never saw the outcome we strived so hard to achieve. Accepting defeat is a challenge but it’s taught me so much and I am better for it.

Who are some of the women you have turned to for inspiration in the face of these challenges?

I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to work with so many amazing women in my career, especially at the RNC. Our former chief of staff Katie Walsh was more than a leader; she was a friend and confidant. Women like former deputy Political Directors Lori Raad and Jessica Ennis, and  former RPDs Alicia Downs and Anne Hathaway have shown me and other female operatives how to have a seat at the table and have your voice be heard in a traditionally male dominated world. Those female friendships I’ve made in my work are most helpful in challenging times because their advice and support comes from a very familiar place

How do you see women having an impact on the future of our Party?

Women are already making a significant impact on our Party, and as our participation grows I’m certain that our ability to listen, collaborate, and solve problems will increase in ways we can’t fathom right now.

What has been your proudest accomplishment both personally and professionally?

I am proudest and most fond of my work at the RNC. Our Political Department became a powerhouse under Chris Carr’s leadership and I am grateful for my contributions to its growth as Deputy Political Director. We were more than ready for the election last year and witnessing such a momentous victory on November 8th was a testament to that.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for young Republican women?

Politics is such a transient profession and so many young women throw themselves into that kind of work without examining how it will affect their long-term professional goals. My advice is to mindfully approach every opportunity— don’t be afraid to hold out for a job that better helps you achieve your five- or ten-year plan. 

What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of your role at the RNC?

2016 left very little time for activities outside of work, but now that March is here I’m doing my part as a Xavier alum to enjoy all that March Madness has in store for us.