(Virginia Ann Foxx is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, which encompasses much of the northwestern portion of the state and a portion of Winston-Salem. In this op-ed for First in Freedom Daily she celebrates women’s suffrage and President Trump’s track record of fighting for the values women hold dear.)
President Trump has fought for what the women of Winston-Salem, North Carolina want. As we approach the 2020 presidential election, it’s important that we start fighting for him.
All too often, the mainstream media and liberal Democrats pretend they’re the only ones who care about women. They say the President has a “woman problem,” or say that his administration hurts women — despite the fact that Donald Trump arguably has done more to improve the lives of women in this country than any other president.
President Trump has built an economy that allows American women to provide for themselves and their families. With massive growth, low unemployment and rising wages, all Americans are benefiting from the President’s economic agenda. Thanks to the administration’s tax cuts and deregulatory push, Americans wake up every morning with more opportunity than they had the day before. Women have taken advantage of these opportunities, and the female unemployment rate recently reached a 66-year low of 3.4 percent.
With so many women participating in the workforce, President Trump took the lead in promoting policies that will directly help working mothers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for instance, created tax incentives for companies to give their employees family leave, and Donald Trump is the first president to include paid family leave in his budget proposal.
Another major concern for families is the cost of health care. This is why President Trump signed an executive order this year that requires health care providers to post the actual prices of major health services so that families can make informed health care decisions. The Trump administration also brought prescription drug prices down by approving low-cost generic drugs, saving Americans $26 billion in just the first 18 months.
Economic considerations alone make re-electing this President a no-brainer, but there are plenty of other reasons for women to support President Trump.
The President and his administration are often criticized by the faux feminists of New York and Los Angeles, whose only real ambition is to advance a radical liberal agenda, not promote the interests of women in places such as Winston-Salem. When the far left claims that the Trump administration is bad for women, though, what they really mean is simply that President Trump has not advanced their radical agenda.
Unlike the Democrats, for instance, President Trump doesn’t support radical abortion on demand, which is an anti-woman policy if there ever was one. The Trump administration is pushing back against this gruesome practice, which disproportionately takes the lives of women, by taking steps to ensure that taxpayer funds cannot be used for abortions.
Especially now that the left is trying to make it possible to abort babies even after they’ve been born, I’m grateful for the President’s strong support for a bill I co-sponsored that would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks, which is the point at which unborn babies are first able to feel pain.
President Trump has also provided physical security to women across the nation. He is fighting to stop illegal drugs from pouring in to American communities across our southern border and end the human trafficking and sexual abuse that women and children experience while trying to cross the border illegallyAt the same time, his policies have created unprecedented economic opportunity and achieved a reduction in violent crime after a worrisome spike at the tail end of the Obama administration.
Women for Trump is working to spread the word about everything President Trump has done to improve the lives of women in North Carolina and across the country. We’re confident that our message will resonate. In honor of the 99th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we’re going to be conducting a voter-registration drive at the end of the month, and I hope you’ll join me in that important effort. There will be a workshop on August 22 at Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill, and we’ll be hitting the streets in earnest on August 26.
The 2020 presidential election is still over a year away, but we need to start preparing now in order to make sure that women can continue to flourish for another four years.
Virginia Ann Foxx is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, which encompasses much of the northwestern portion of the state and a portion of Winston-Salem.