Today, millions of women gathered in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and around the world to stand up for women’s rights and protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. The presidency of Donald Trump threatens the rights and liberties of all women in the United States of America: black women, white women, native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women. The women marching today are standing together for the protection of our rights, safety, health, and families.
Trump has sexualized, harassed, and degraded women based on their appearances. He believes that women who receive abortions should be punished; he has called breastfeeding women “disgusting;” he would expect his daughter to quit and not fight back if she was harassed at work; he believes sexual assault is an expected consequence of allowing women to serve in the military; that Alicia Machado’s weight was “a real problem;” that Hillary Clinton did not have a “presidential look;” and most importantly Trump has stated, “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” Trump wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood and does not believe that birth control is necessary. In addition, he has no concrete plans for paid family leave, child care, or equal pay.
In order to fight Trump’s administration and continue to fight for gender equality, we as women need to receive an education, be well informed, do the most good, always work hard, and most importantly have control over our bodies and destinies.
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”
“Educating young women is not only morally right, but it is also the most important investment any society can make in order to further and advance the values and the interests of the people.”
— Hillary Clinton
Why it’s crucial to get more women into science?
EMILY M. ENG, NG STAFF; EDWARD BENFIELD. SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAUEMILY M. ENG, NG STAFF; EDWARD BENFIELD. SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Statistics reveal that women are poorly represented in certain STEM fields. What people often think of as “scientific problems” affect everyone. Analysts say that more women are needed in research to increase the range of inventions and breakthroughs that come from looking at problems differently than men typically do. Also, women are raised to be more socially aware than men. Although there are areas in which the number of women in science is high (such as pediatrics, primary care, and psychiatry), they are not proportionally represented among its leaders. Because of sexism, a majority of female scientists have not received the roles or recognition they deserve. Women in science is a fundamental necessity in transforming our society and instituting reforms.