R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Women

Tristan Shields
Today I want to talk about women. What triggered this is today’s my mom’s birthday. She is a quintessential baby boom woman and happens to be a sociologist who wrote an award-winning book twenty years ago called When Baby Boom Women Retire. I grew up with women’s political and economic issues in my face, more so than most people my age.  Because of this I have a heightened awareness of women’s issues.

Yesterday was ironically a busy hate-on-women day in politics. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, went after reporter April Ryan,  and conservative pundit, Bill O’Reilly made fun of Congresswoman Maxine Waters. While Fox News and conservatives think it’s okay to diminish and belittle women,  this is not acceptable and not how women in America should be treated.

On a positive note, today is Pink Out Day – a day to stand with Planned Parenthood. Just last month, the Virginia House of Delegates, including District 18’s Republican incumbent Michael Webert, voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, our Governor Terry McAullife vetoed the bill. The conservatives are playing games with women’s lives by continuously scapegoating Planned Parenthood with their smoke and mirrors. They do it to get votes from people who don’t understand how Medicaid works.

Today’s politics is all about women’s issues – equality, choice, access, equal pay, healthcare, retirement, education, child care, employment, safety.  Women’s voices need to be heard loud and clear in the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a millennial candidate, I bring a new, more progressive viewpoint to these issues. My pledge is to always stand by women and do the right thing for the women of Virginia.

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