This presidential election is a big deal for women's rights. Sure, women can vote, get an education, and do many other things that wouldn't have been possible without the powerful Suffragette and Women's Rights Movements, but there's still a lot preventing us from having full equality.
We still only make about $0.79 for every dollar a man makes. We still have more male CEOs named John than female CEOs. We're still more likely to be victims of severe domestic violence, experienced by 1 in 5 women.
We need a president who knows there's a problem and is going to be dedicated to fixing it, so I've outlined the good and the bad of each frontrunning candidate's approach to women's rights.
I promised to say something good about every candidate. It's basically like in elementary school when the teacher made you say something nice to the kid you were mean to. So, a good thing Trump did was he put a woman in charge of his construction project in the 1980s, which was a pretty big deal considering women are still underrepresented in construction. Gold star for Trump. But what I really want to talk about:
Enough said. That's just the tip of the iceberg though.
This took a lot of research, but I found something! He defended the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law, which confines sexually violent predators from society in a facility that offers mental and psychiatric care. That's important for women's rights.
Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence and rape. Cruz's college roommate has been tweeting about him since 2012 though, and he doesn't think this accomplishment makes up for everything else he's done.
So why is he such an asshole? He voted against the Violence Against Women Act. That's pretty indefensible. The only other individuals to vote against it provided reasoning that the act didn't do enough to expedite testing of rape kits, but he had no such comments. He also called drafting women "nuts" and told voters they could "spank" Hillary for lying about Benghazi, just like his daughter would be spanked for lying.
He expressed concern about an anti-abortion bill that did not make exceptions for rape or incest. These exceptions are so important to fighting victim-blaming and giving victims the freedom they deserve. He's not all sunshines and butterflies in regards to women's rights, though.
He attributes part of his success to an "army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up." I'm down to help out with a political campaign, but I won't be coming from the kitchen, personally. I'll most likely be coming from an engineering class, or dorm room, or job. It's unlikely to be a kitchen. I mean thanks for acknowledging the role women play in your election, but no thanks.
It's not just his words though. It's also his actions. He cut Ohio Planned Parenthood funding by $1.4 million, severely decreasing access to healthcare for women. And he can't make this about his anti-abortion stance (which is a whole other problem). Planned Parenthood funding doesn't even go towards abortions, and really, it can be argued that Planned Parenthood has one of the biggest roles in preventing abortion by providing so much sex education and contraception resources.
She'd be the first female president ever in the United States of America, and that's an awesome way to show people females can be powerful leaders. She's also a leader in a lot of women's rights issues.
Equal pay? She's on it. She "championed the Paycheck Fairness Act and co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act." Unjust punishment of feminists abroad? She's calling that out too. She "criticized Xi for speaking at a women's conference in New York while jailing feminists at home."
But hold on. Her record isn't perfect. She accepted millions of dollars from regimes that are oppressive to women for the Clinton Foundation. There's a little irony in that, especially because she denounced the gender equality efforts in the very countries she accepted money from. Oops.
He supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. I can get behind equal pay for equal work. It sucks that female engineers and architects make $65,000 a year on average, while males make $79,000 doing the same work.
He also supports the Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Violence against women is bad. Having a vagina doesn't make me less human, so I and other females should have human rights. So I guess you can count me in on his side for these issues too.
He's not always the perfect feminist though. He, too, is prone to brosplaining and mansplaining, like the time he told Hillary Clinton "all the shouting in the world" is not going to keep guns out of the wrong hands, or the time he told Clinton, "Excuse me, I'm talking" and "Can I finish? You'll have your turn."