As we observe Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which commemorates the day on which the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was certified in 1920, it’s important to take the opportunity to take stock. How far has the United States come in terms of women’s rights — and how is it stalling, or going backwards? The news in many quarters seems positive. More Democrat women are running for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before, and the #MeToo movement continues to drive public conversation. But there are some fundamental rights for American women remain at risk.
Back in the 1970s and ’80s, “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace was known for putting his hand on the backs of his female CBS News co-workers and unsnapping the clasps on their bras.
Darla Shine, the wife of new White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, hosted a radio show in the late 2000s where she once mocked victims of sexual harassment in the military and repeatedly pushed fringe conspiracy theories about vaccines.
Annette Katz didn’t expect to be part of a major social movement. She didn’t set out to take on a major health organization. But that all began to change when a co-worker saw her fighting back tears and joined Katz to report to her union what amounted to a criminal sexual offense at a Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2012 and 2013.
As the White House scrambles to deal with the radioactive fallout of the Rob Porter scandal, the search for a scapegoat is leading to a dizzying round of finger pointing.
After the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned in the face of accusations that he had abused his two former wives, President Trump tweeted in defense of people whose “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
Activists on Tuesday night proclaimed that President “Donald Trump harassed or assaulted twenty women” in an illuminated message projected on Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel in advance of his State of the Union address.
In February, Donald Trump gave a State of the Union-esque address to Congress, and Democratic women used the occasion to make a sartorial statement by wearing white, in honor of the suffragist movement and to indicate resistance to the Trump administration’s hostility towards women’s rights. A year into Trump’s presidency, on the night of his first State of the Union address, the Democratic women will be appropriately clad in a more mournful color: Black.
Once again, the commander in chief rhetorically reduces a woman to a body part.
Opinion | OP-ED COLUMNIST