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'My candidacy was called offensive': Carly Fiorina says campaigning is harder for GOP women

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In politics, an arena that she calls the more sexist than most in America, Carly Fiorina says women should welcome and support each other, but sadly, that's not the case.

"It's hard to be a conservative woman because you don't get a lot of reinforcement from other women and frequently you don't get a lot of reinforcement from conservative men," the former Republican presidential candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO said in an exclusive interview with Circa.

In response to a wave of sexual harassment scandals involving powerful men in the media, business, and political spheres, Fiorina said she hopes more women will choose to run for office, but she cautioned that conservative women may face more opposition on the campaign trail.

"Part of this falls on women if I may say," she said, arguing that liberal women "routinely want to devalue conservative women's voices."

She argued that the feminist movement has become politicized as a result.

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"You hear so many women on the left say, 'You're not really a feminist if you're pro-life.' My candidacy for president was called offensive to women because I was a proud pro-life conservative," Fiorina said adding, "That's not feminism, that's political intimidation."

The solution, Fiorina says, is for women to accept and encourage other women of all political ideologies to run for office and diversify the makeup of Washington.

"It's absurd to think that half of the population is going to agree on everything. We don't expect men to agree on everything why should we expect women to agree on everything? I do think that women need to welcome all women in to every sphere including politics regardless of their points of view," she said.

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