Is Carly Fiorina a feminist?

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington December 3, 2015.

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CBS News is answering some of the most-Googled questions about the 2016 Republican presidential candidates ahead of Tuesday night's GOP debate.

She certainly believes in women working outside the home - Fiorina rose through the business world to become CEO of Hewlett Packard. But she doesn't like the way the word is used today.

Here's what she had to say about the subject during a speech at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner in June:

"Today, only 23 percent of women identify with the term feminist. Liberal ideas aren't the answer. Their version of feminism isn't working. It is time for a new definition.

"Here's what I told that little boy: A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses. We will have arrived when every woman can decide for herself how to best find and use her God-given gifts. A woman may choose to have five children and home-school them. She may choose to become a CEO...or run for President.

"I am a conservative because I know we are all equal in the eyes of God--men and women. Our principles work better to lift men and women up so that they can choose their own path and live lives of dignity, purpose and meaning."

Coverage of the Republican debate begins at 6 p.m. ET for lower-tier candidates and 8:30 p.m. for the main debate.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.