On Friday, January 20, 2017 the 45th President was brought into office at the United States Presidential Inauguration. Donald Trump made a vow to put “America first” and take power out of the hands of Washington elite. The gender gap in the election was huge: among men, Trump won to Clinton 53 percent to 41 percent; however, among women, Clinton won 54 percent to 42 percent. In contrast, among white women. Trump beat Clinton 53 percent to 43 percent. The Women’s March held millions upon millions of protestors in numerous cities, including: Washington D.C. , New York City, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Oakland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, and Seattle. Many protestors held signs going against the plans of the new administration and chanted, “Welcome to your first day, we will never go away.” Trump tweeted on the issue, “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” Shortly after, he tweeted, “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”
Throughout the whole entire world, women hold vital positions in key government jobs. Each of these women are a true inspiration to me and encourage me to go after my dreams of having a career in politics and law. However, it saddens me to see how far behind the United States is lacking with their representation of women in politics. To this day, less than 20 percent of congressional seats belong to women. The United States ranks 98th in the world for the amount of women in its national legislature. I hope that in upcoming years, representation of women will increase. In the meantime, there are many amazing female role models in politics and government.
Michelle Obama is an American writer, lawyer, and First Lady of the United States. Mrs. Obama broke boundaries when becoming the first African-American First Lady. She used her platform to help raise a healthier generation. “Let’s Move!” was developed by the First Lady to help battle the alarming epidemic of obesity in the youth.
Kathleen Sebelius was the former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. She was the 21st person to serve in this position, serving from 2009 to 2014. Prior to this, she was the Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009. She was only the second woman to ever hold that office.
Janet Napolitano is best know for being the Former Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. In addition to, she is a lawyer and university administrator. She was the United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.
Michele Bachmann is a former member of the United States House of Representatives. She represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 2007 to 2015 as a Republican politician.
Mary Schapiro was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She served as the 29th Chair of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, taking the position on January 27, 2009.