Women Will Save the World from President Trump
1/22/2017 by Michael J. Payton
On Saturday, January 21, just one day after the inauguration of what may be the most divisive presidents of the United States in our time, women (and men) took to the streets in protest all over America. The Women’s March took place in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and in other cities across the country. Some of those in attendance at the Women’s March in Washington included Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, pop icon Madonna, green activist and CNN Host Van Jones, singer/actor Janelle Monae, and countless other recognizable names. Scrolling down Facebook, looking at all the posts from my friends and colleagues attending Women’s Marches literally all over the world, I ran across a post from Pharrell Williams. It was picture of thousands in attendance at the march in Washington, D.C., and the caption simply read “The Future is Female.” I think he’s absolutely right. And this is why the Women’s March on Saturday was so important and so necessary.
The conservative agenda is to defund Planned Parenthood, which would prevent so many women from having access to care are protection; overturn Roe v. Wade, which would strip away a woman’s right to choose; and deny women equal pay for equal work. These are corroborated by the fact that they have selected as their president, a man who has spoken so disparagingly about women, and has been accused of, and admitted to sexual assault towards women. No man, state, or any other institution has the right to regulate or control how a woman thinks or what she does with her body.
As an American, I could not be more proud of this powerful display of democracy that has taken place in light of the national emergency that is President Donald Trump. Speaking as a man, I believe that equal pay, a woman’s right to chose, protecting women against abuse and violence, and ensuring that all women have access to the health care they need are not just women’s issues - they are American issues. Women are not only the proverbial backbone of our nation, they are the legs, the knees, the arms, the hands, the brain, the heart, and so on. Let’s just keep it real, were it not for women, nobody would be here! How can anyone stand in opposition to recognizing a woman has just as much value (if not more) than any man? If we all do not work to protect the rights of women, allowing them same freedoms and opportunities as the men they birth, then what does that say about our country?
I believe that it is critical for all of us - women and men, gay and straight, Black and Brown, Muslim and Christian, able and disabled, immigrant, and native - to stand in solidarity with one another, and recognize that an infringement on the rights one group, is an infringement on the rights of all. And this is why I was hardened by what I saw this past Saturday - people of all backgrounds, of all gender identities, all sexual orientations and colors gathering to support women’s equality and freedom.
It is my opinion that, in the final analysis, if we are to stop President Trump from unleashing tyranny on the United States, and around the world, it will be women at the forefront of that opposition. I believe, in fact, that next President of the United States will be a woman. Be it Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, or some unknown or at least unexpected figure to emerge from the shadows (Michelle Obama?), a woman most certainly must defeat Trump. What better way to end this era of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and downright nastiness than with the election of a qualified woman to the highest office in the land in the next four years? The Future is Female.