In an Op-Ed for Fox News, columnist Patrice Lee Onwuka argues the “Women’s March” should be more about all women and less about being against Trump.
The fourth annual Women’s March kicked off Saturday in Washington, with sister marches in taking place in cities around the country. As a working mother, I’ve been studying the organization behind the marches to see if it has any ideas to help women.
To their detriment, leaders of the Women’s March continue to prioritize resistance to President Trump, while ignoring big everyday concerns of many women, such as how to afford time off for a new baby.
Now is the time to support all women rather than to oppose one man. Too bad that the Women’s March organizers have yet to learn that.
Three years into the Trump administration, life for women has improved by many measures. The unemployment rate for women is at a 60-year low. Some 95 percent of the job gains last month went to women and women now outpace men on U.S. payrolls for only the second time in history.
Median household income hit a record-high in 2018. Meanwhile, from 2017 to 2018, 1.4 million Americans left poverty. Households led by single mothers experienced the biggest gains as their poverty rate fell to the lowest rate on record. Women added 1,821 net new businesses per day between 2017 and 2018.
Certainly, there is more to work to do to make health care affordable for families, expand flexible work arrangements, reduce housing costs, and ensure that our communities are safer. But these issues are absent from the Women’s March agenda, which has just three focuses: reproductive rights, climate and immigration.
From its inception, the Women’s March has made fighting for abortion the cornerstone of its campaign, to the exclusion of women who hold different views.
Women are not a monolith. We do not all vote the same or hold the same views on every issue, nor are we defined by one issue.
Women have broader concerns and are looking for bipartisan solutions that deliver more freedom and better options for our work, family and communities. The good news is that others are filling that space and offering positive solutions for women.
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