Women and the 2016 Election

Life has been difficult for women ever since humans evolved from apes. Considered an inferior class of the society, we were silenced and oppressed. And now, even though women have been through years and years of discrimination, nothing has really changed. America now has a president who officially attends the “March for Life” and declared himself a strong anti-abortionist. To have an anti-abortion and anti-feminist president is a devastating thing for women living in America, as more and more laws such as the heartbeat bill are made to limit women’s human rights and thus further anti-women sentiment.

However, President Trump still insists that he is greatly benefiting the women of America. He claims that “no one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year. Exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.” Well, thanks to his economic policies such as repealing Obamacare (even though full repeal was rejected, the Republicans still managed to impose penalties on people who chose not to buy it) and his tax reforms, the number of people without health insurance increased greatly and his tax cuts have increased income inequality. According to the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, it is expected for the number of non-elderly uninsured people nationwide to increase by 5 million over the next ten years and for difference in growth of income to worsen from 1% to 2.5% under the current law 5 years after 2016. However, Trump’s statement that more women are serving in the Congress than at any time before is true. We have 102 women serving in the House of which 82 are from the Democratic party. Nevertheless, President Trump is claiming this historical record as his own when it is made by struggles and endeavors of women in the opposing party which he tried so hard to defeat, ignoring the women behind its success.

President Trump, not only having declared himself against women, also appointed officials who possess anti-women sentiments. Elizabeth Warren, one of the two presidential candidates (both from the democratic party) for 2020 election, claimed at the “We the People 2020” forum that Trump has nominated sexist, homophobic, and racist supreme court judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Trump may be a vulgar, rude, and disrespectful man. However, his personality is not what makes him sexist. He has a long list of sexual assault allegations. He collects models as human trophies and publicly criticizes them for gaining weight. He throws sexual jokes pertaining to his own daughter and his wife. He continues to ridicule a young girl for speaking out about climate change. This belief system is what makes him sexist, and despite all varying personalities of these men, it is evident that they have the wrong belief system, one that is aimed at denouncing women.

The 2016 United States presidential election was devastating for women. Four years later, here we are still fighting fiercely for our rights despite the misogynistic male figures who are deterring women’s efforts of reaching equality.

 – Renee Oh ’20

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