Meghan McCain

Speaking Out: The Power of Resilience

Public Lecture

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College
Free and open to the public
Wheelchair Accessible & Listening Device Access

Meghan McCain is an award-winning blogger and author whose outspoken commentary about her political party has generated fierce criticism and personal attacks while inspiring a new generation of women and young voters in support of women’s issues, gay rights, and marriage equality. She will discuss why it’s important to speak out, challenge critics, and stand up for personal values and beliefs.  


As the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age, involved in everything from community events to national conventions. Meghan’s unparalleled exposure to American politics gave her the opportunity to hear voters debate the most complex issues first-hand from the campaign trail.  As a result, her unique perspective and bold approach has galvanized a younger generation to redefine Republican stereotypes and values.

"I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican."

Often said to possess the McCain “maverick gene,” Meghan has no qualm in saying what is on her mind and brags that she inherited “my dad’s heartburn-inducing ability to say what he thinks.” A powerful role model for young women and Republicans alike, she passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality.

Meghan is a columnist for The Daily Beast, and in 2011 began appearing as a contributor on MSNBC. In Fall 2012, she began hosting a new show on cable “Raising McCain” to explore the concerns of young people aged 18 to 34. Originally from Arizona, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007.