Author: Kelly Dittmar

Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?

Susan Chira, New York Times – December 7, 2016

Donald J. Trump’s campaign was dogged by accusations of misogyny. Now his cabinet is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent memory to issues affecting women, advocacy groups for women say. Tax credits for child care and the prospect of paid maternity leave are exceptions to a host of positions that could result in new restrictions on abortion and less access to contraception, limits on health care that disproportionately affect women and minorities and curbs on funding for domestic violence, as well as slowing the momentum toward raising the minimum wage or making progress on equal pay.

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Valerie Jarrett: I Urged Kellyanne Conway to Take a Job in Trump’s White House

Louis Nelson, Politico – December 7, 2016

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Wednesday that she urged President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to accept a role in the incoming administration, something Conway has said she’s unlikely to do because she has four young children.

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Juliette Kayyem: National Security and Gender in the 2016 Race

On a Presidential Gender Watch call earlier this year (Women Voters: It’s Complicated), Republican pollster Christine Matthews noted that terrorism and national security are top issues for Republican women in the 2016 election. “Republican women are very unnerved in the current environment, and they are looking for candidates with tough rhetoric,” said Matthews. As the post-election analysis continues, it is clear that national security issues were a driving force at the ballot box.

To continue the discussion on the intersection of national security and gender, Presidential Gender Watch asked Juliette Kayyem for her thoughts. Kayyem is currently the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School and an on-air security analyst for CNN. She is also the founder of Kayyem Solutions LLC, which provides strategic advice in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and cybersecurity, and the author of Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home.

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Quote from Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech was Top Political Tweet of 2016

Women in the World, New York Times – December 6, 2016

Popularity was a contest she really won this year. Clinton can also take satisfaction that a quote from her concession speech and tweeted by her official account turned out to be the most popular political tweet of the year, and the third most popular tweet on any topic of the year, according to data released by Twitter on Tuesday. “To all the little girls watching … never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” Clinton said in her speech the day after the election.

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The Winner of the Popular Vote Leaves a Complicated Legacy

Charlotte Alter, TIME – December 6, 2016

Winners get to write history. Losers, if they are lucky, get a ballad. Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. A female candidate in an election that didn’t hinge on gender after all, she became a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism. She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be.

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Omarosa: Trump Will “Empower Women & Have Them Shatter The Glass Ceiling”

Carolyn L. Todd, Refinery 29 – December 6, 2016

Omarosa thoroughly believes that Trump is a fantastic man, as she explains in a new as-told piece in The Hollywood Reporter, titled “Omarosa: I’m Black, Female, and Donald Trump Is My Friend.” In it, she expounds on Trump’s respect for women and Black people, as well as her new role on Trump’s transition team: fostering diversity in the new White House.

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Omarosa Manigault Defends Donald Trump: ‘I Am Living the American Dream’ Because of Him

Caitlin O’Toole, US Weekly – December 6, 2016

Omarosa Manigault has penned a passionate essay defending her former Apprentice boss, Donald Trump, against allegations of racism and sexism, and revealing how the president-elect was there for her after her brother’s murder and the sudden death of her then-fiancé, actor Michael Clarke Duncan.

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The Forgotten Women Who are Supporting Trump

Kay Hymowitz, Fox News – November 5, 2016

One of the strangest ironies of this strangest of campaigns is that, if America does elect its first woman president, it will be Donald Trump, not Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will have played the crucial role. As if to confirm the most fevered feminist images of predatory male sexuality, Trump has managed to offend some of the most loyal Republican women, from senators, to local organizers, to rank and file. He now lags about 20 points behind Clinton among women voters.

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‘P*ssy Grabbing’ Threats are Now a Thing in Trump’s America

Rebecca Ruiz, Mashable – December 5, 2016

In October, Donald J. Trump insisted his hot mic comments from 2005 were harmless “locker room talk.” Now that Trump’s the president-elect, however, some men have turned the implied violence of his “pussy grabbing” into a slur to publicly harass and intimidate women. 

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