What Trumps Presidency Means For Women

What Trumps Presidency Means For Women

Chae-ann Lawrence, Reporter

The upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump has everyone wondering what will happen. Rightfully, many are concerned because of the outspoken views of Donald Trump; specifically his views on women. In a 2006 Entertainment Tonight segment, Trump called Rosie O’Donnell an unattractive person both on the inside, and outside. Trump commented on other women about their mental health. He described the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski as neurotic, and not smart. Donald Trump goes as far as claiming women were to blame for sexual assault in the military, just by choosing to be in the military. These are not the worst of them, as his approving of sexual assault for men in power, by referring to it as locker-room talk, “trumped” the other comments.

The list goes on when it came to Trump degrading women, and his presidency may mean trouble for women. Trump wants to ban abortions after 20 weeks, he also wants to pass the Hyde Amendment, which would restrict certain funding from being used in abortions. What’s scary is Trump claims that women need to be punished for receiving abortions, which is his justification for the Hyde Amendment.

Trump’s paid maternity leave policy sounds like a good thing, however, it discriminates against single mothers. When it comes to wage equality, no policies were talked about. Additionally, life for women under his presidency appears to be a scary reality considering his checkered past. The lives, and freedoms women have, are threatened with President Donald Trump.

Right now Trump is clearly defensive, as his own inauguration was dwarfed by the Women’s March on Washington. However, women need to do more than protest. They must work with other groups to ensure Trump does not win the Electoral College again. After all, the majority of Americans did not choose him, the Electoral College did.