WASHINGTON — CNN political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes does not believe the “Founding Mothers of the 19th Amendment” pictured women wearing hats symbolizing vulgar body parts as a way towards gender equality when they originally fought for women’s right to vote.
As Hughes walked among the thousands of women at the March on Washington on Jan. 21, Hughes couldn’t help but think the lewd expressions on the many cardboard signs hurt rather than helped the move towards gender equality.
“Two wrongs never make a right,” Hughes said. “I was [at the March] all day and walked around and had to explain to my 10-year-old son — or not explain — what his eyes were seeing.”
Chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party Adele Malpass agrees that the far-left feminist message is “not something that is working in America.” She said “far-left feminists” paint themselves as victims and a marginalized group that needs government protection. “Gone is the feminist message of empowerment, that if you are the smartest, most confident one in the room you can do anything, be anything.”
As a Republican feminist, Malpass sees Trump’s presidency as proof of the Republican feminist message: These women want jobs and they want dependable health care. That’s what self-employed Patricia Passaretti wants anyway.
Passaretti thinks that many of those who marched last weekend are “misinformed about Donald Trump.” When she lost her job in Silicon Valley in 2012, Passaretti also lost her health care and had to begin paying for it privately. After moving to Florida this past year, her premiums jumped to twice what she had been paying, so she is forced to be without health care.
“I think Trump means business,” Passaretti said. “I think Trump is going to do phenomenal things for this country.”
Christina Keller, who organized a Trump rally in Utah last year, attended the Inauguration, but didn’t feel comfortable attending the march. Keller is supportive of an outlet that gives the people a voice and protects the right to free speech and assembly. However, Keller wishes marchers would start listening, because on either side of the political spectrum, women deserve to be heard.
“All Americans need to come together to support our newest president of the United States,” Keller said. “I did not vote for Barack Obama, but he was my president. I did vote for Donald Trump, and he is my president now.”
In the morning before the march on Washington, Hughes had a peaceful moment at the Vietnam Memorial and the Korean Memorial. Surrounded by people there for the Inauguration and women marching that morning, she felt like they were united at these memorials: “Freedom is not free,” she said.
Regardless of whether or not these women believed in the reasons behind the March, they do believe it is great to mobilize, as Malpass said.
“I appreciate that they’re involved,” Hughes said. “I appreciate their engagement. I think they could have gotten their message across in a more tasteful manner.”