Trump says women in America are “doing great.”
The president recently stated, “I say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” and added, “women are doing great.”
But the president must have forgotten, when making that statement, that one in three women experience sexual violence. 91% of survivors of rape or sexual assault are women, and more than 60% of cases are not reported because women fear backlash, retaliation, or not being believed.
The pay gap for women is also getting wider. Women earn an average of 18 cents less for every one of their male counterparts’ dollars. The gap gets even bigger for women in marginalized communities, even though women are more likely than men to earn a bachelor’s degree before the age of 30.
Women are also being murdered at alarming rates. Approximately 66,000 women and girls are violently killed each year. The problem is especially prevalent in Latin America, where an average of two women are murdered each day in some countries.
There are other forms of gender-based violence like female genital mutilation (FGM), which affects nearly 130 million girls and women today.
However, despite the odds, more women than ever are running for political office to make policies that will change the state of women in the future.