American women are now better off

American women are now better off
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The woman vigorously nodding in approval and flashing her thumbs up at the recent town hall event by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE represented what millions of women across the country know to be true. The president has shown with his time in office that he is the leader we need. Trump does not just break glass ceilings for women, but he shatters them for more of us.

He nominated Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. During the course of her confirmation hearings, she deftly handled several issues, many involving details of cases going back decades, without using written notes. For the process, she showed us that she is the intellectual match of anybody who has ever come before her to be on the Supreme Court, man or woman, and that she is above her antagonists in the Senate.

Her nomination was a continuation of the trend under this administration. Despite attacks from the media, Trump has empowered women to achieve their academic and career potentials. Consider the technology industry in which the jobs tend to be dominated by men. While Joe Biden has been in government for nearly half a century, it was Trump who sent $200 million a year to federal technology grants for women and minorities.


Democrats routinely complain about the lack of opportunities for women and about gender disparity, yet it was this administration that established concerted efforts to ensure that women are able to compete for jobs on a level playing field with men in the United States. Those efforts are paying off now for working women across every level of the economy.

Of the seven million jobs created from when the president entered office to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more than four million jobs went to women. As a result, the unemployment level of women has reached its lowest level in decades, and the number of women in poverty decreased by more than one million. Women made such significant strides that they accounted for a greater share of the labor force than men by the start of this year in only the second time that has occurred in history.

The president has enacted revolutionary measures to bolster our working women and families, such as doubling the child tax credit and signing the bill that provides federal workers with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The White House secured the largest increase on record of the child care and development block grant with over $2 billion to assist families.

Women like Secretary Betsy Devos and Secretary Elaine Chao have critical roles in the administration. Trump also elevated women to positions which were held by men, as he appointed Gina Haspel as director for the Central Intelligence Agency, Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, and Kirstjen Nielsen as head of Homeland Security. Lorna Mahlock was the first African American woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general with the Marines Corps after she had been nominated by the president.

Trump has appointed over 300 women to serve in government positions and has empowered millions more to achieve their academic and career ambitions by taking action to level the playing field. That is a record that deserves a nod of approval and a thumbs up from all women.

Madison Gesiotto is an attorney who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. You can follow her on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.