The women’s suffrage movement and the feminist movement in American were early steps toward gender equality and access to the workplace and education. But today women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers in their struggle toward equal participation in society.
Institutional biases limit opportunities for women in the workplace via policies that exclude women from certain job sectors and penalize them for becoming pregnant or raising children. These translate to gross disparities between men’s and women’s income, wealth, and economic security.
Additionally the overwhelming institutional biases against gender-based violence survivors are a constant reminder that living safely and with dignity is not always an option for women.
Moves by the GOP in recent years, to limit abortion rights and reproductive healthcare of all forms, threaten to take women’s sovereignty over their own bodies out of their hands.
This page, and it’s subpages, will track the actions and statements of Trump relative to women.
See also concerns about Misogyny.
|2017.12.10||Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that Donald Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual-harassment scandals has driven out some members of Congress. washingtonpost.com (See also Misogyny)|
|2017.12.11||More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. reuters.com (See also Misogyny, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.12||After Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called on Trump to resign over sexual harassment allegations, Trump attacked her in an early-morning Twitter missive filled with inappropriate sexual innuendo. washingtonpost.com (See also Misogyny, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.12||Donald Trump made three provably false statements in a single tweet. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Facts, False Statements, Russia, Legal Issues, Misogyny, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.12.15||A federal court issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking a Trump administration rule on insurance coverage of contraceptives for women, saying the rule contradicts the text of the Affordable Care Act by allowing employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if they have religious or moral objections. nytimes.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Legal Issues)|
|2018.01.08||The White House is considering finding a role for Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s first pick for labor secretary, who withdrew his nomination in February after old allegations of domestic abuse resurfaced. politico.com (See also Reversals, Trump Cabinet)|
|2018.01.12||A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump. wsj.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.12||After a career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy revealed that her parents are Korean, Donald Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the "pretty Korean lady" isn't negotiating with North Korea on his administration's behalf. nbcnews.com (See also Racism, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.17||The Trump administration is considering a set of regulations that would offer new protections to health workers who refuse to provide care to transgender patients or women seeking abortion services. splinternews.com (See also LGBTQIA, Department of Health and Human Services, Homophobia)|
|2018.01.19||The Trump administration announced it is rescinding guidance from the Obama administration that made it harder for states to defund Planned Parenthood. thehill.com (See also Reversals, Health Care)|
|2018.01.19||The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it was allowing doctors, nurses and other health care workers to refuse to provide services for people that they object to based on religious beliefs, including abortion, providing contraception, and transgender health concerns. nytimes.com (See also LGBTQIA, Homophobia)|
|2018.01.19||Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie resigned Thursday as chief of external affairs for the federal government's volunteer service organization after a review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio. cnn.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Racism, Homophobia, Black Americans)|
|2018.01.25||Victims’ rights and women’s rights groups sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying that rules that she issued last year to guide campuses on how to manage sexual assault complaints violated federal law and discriminated against accusers. nytimes.com (See also Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, Legal Activity)|
|2018.02.07||White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigns amid abuse allegations axios.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Misogyny, John Kelly)|
|2018.02.13||Michael D. Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he used his own funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump. nytimes.com (See also Legal Issues, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.02.19||Donald Trump on Tuesday again denied Rachel Crooks' accusation that he forcibly kissed her when she worked at Trump Tower in 2006. washingtonpost.com (See also Misogyny)|
|2018.02.21||State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women’s reproductive rights and discrimination, stripping passages that describe views on family planning, contraceptives, abortion, as well as racial, ethnic, and sexual discrimination. politico.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
The move reflects the Tillerson-Trump view of human rights as a low priority in foreign policy.
|2018.04.04||Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards accused Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner of making an offer that felt like a "bribe" during a meeting back in January 2017. cnn.com (See also Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner)|
|2018.04.05||Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, oversees the assistance program for the tens of thousands of refugees who still seek shelter in the United States, and he spends much of his time trying to stop those who want an abortion. nytimes.com (See also Misogyny, Immigration, Abortion)|
He has instructed his staff to give him a spreadsheet each week that tells him about any unaccompanied minors who have asked for one and how far along they are in their pregnancy.
|2018.04.13||Donald Trump’s personal lawyer negotiated a deal in late 2017 to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by a top Republican fundraiser, Elliott Broidy. wsj.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.04.15||Donald Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Corruption)|
|2018.04.15||Donald Trump’s reelection campaign spent more than $1 out of every $5 on attorney fees this year as the president contended with the ongoing special counsel investigation and a new legal challenge from an adult-film star. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Trump Business)|
|2018.04.19||A federal judge in D.C. ruled Thursday that the Trump administration's cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, ending their five year grants in 2018 rather than in 2020, were unlawful. thehill.com (See also Legal Activity, Reversals, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.05.15||A coalition of 19 states led by California filed papers Tuesday in support of efforts to block the Trump administration from reducing access to some family planning programs, which provides some 4 million uninsured and under-insured people, including a million Californians, with family planning services. latimes.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.05.17||Clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to places that do would lose federal funding under a new Trump administration rule that takes direct aim at Planned Parenthood. nytimes.com (See also Health Care)|
- 2016.12.19 "The Future of Women Under President Trump" (The New Yorker)
"Wishful thinkers hope that Ivanka will curb her father’s worst behavior, but it’s unclear how much influence she will have. "