Women are scared. Donald Trump, a man who has been accused of sexual assault and has proposed to roll back abortion rights, was elected the 45th president of the United States, sending shivers down the spines of mujeres everywhere.
It’s not that women, who experience sexism on a daily basis, don’t understand the power of the patriarchy. We just thought, given how blatant and unapologetic Trump’s misogyny is, that chica-loving Americans couldn’t dare turn a blind eye to it this time. Boy, were we wrong.
The truth: This country, where women have for centuries fought to be seen as human, still views us as less than. And with a male chauvinist pig soon to be in the White House, there’s a lot at risk for muchachas. Here, some concerns women have under a Trump presidency.
1. Trump Concerns
Reproductive Health Care: Women’s reproductive rights, and in turn our health, are at risk. Trump has said, many times, that his Supreme Court pick will be anti-abortion, and with Vice President Mike Pence, who signed one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country and has repeatedly attempted to defund Planned Parenthood, by his side, there’s no doubt he will. Trump’s hope: to have Roe v Wade, the ruling that made the life-saving procedure the law of the land, overruled, allowing states to decide on abortion access. That's not all. The president-elect has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which helps women by barring insurance companies from discriminating against them and ensuring free birth control. With access to both abortion and contraception likely limited, many are heading to their doctor's office for an IUD, which can prevent a pregnancy for several years, before 2017 hits.
2. Trump Concerns
Violence Against Women: The man Americans chose to run the country is an alleged rapist and sexual assaulter. That alone is frightening for women, especially those 1 in 6 who are survivors of sexual violence. Additionally, the lawmakers and politicians Trump has kept in his inner circle have dismissed concerns over sexual assault. According to Inside Higher Ed, "His lack of a plan has worried many victims’ advocates, and comments made during the campaign by some of Trump’s surrogates suggesting that, if elected, Trump would scale back Title IX, or even eliminate the Department of Education or the Office of Civil Rights, has caused more concern."
3. Trump Concerns
Workplace Harassment: When former Fox chief Roger Ailes was accused of harassment by several women at the network, Trump felt "very sad" about the "horrible things" they said about him. In other words, Trump was sad for the harasser, not the victim. It's no surprise, then, that when asked how he would feel if it were his daughter, Ivanka, on the receiving end of intimidation, he said: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.” With the president-elect encouraging working women to quit their hard-earned jobs and careers if they become victims of harassment, there’s no telling what this could look like in loss of legal protection.
4. Trump Concerns
Attacks on Children: Every mother’s biggest fear is coming true for some: their children being terrorized. Ever since Trump was named the victor of the presidential election, non-white kids across the country have been experiencing increased bullying and violence on their school campuses. From students in Pennsylvania shouting "white power" and spitting on their Black and brown classmates to a high schooler in California passing out "deportation letters" to non-white children, schools, once a safe haven, are quickly becoming a danger zone.
5. Trump Concerns
Tearing Families Apart: Another fear for mothers could become a reality for immigrant mamis: being torn apart from their little ones. Trump centered his campaign on anti-immigrant rhetoric and ideas, from calls for mass deportations to proposals to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And it doesn’t look like he’s backing down. On Sunday, the former reality TV star told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl that he intended on leading his immigration measures by deporting as many as 3 million undocumented people.