As the election season dies down and Donald Trump begins his transition as the new President of the United States, to say people are anxious would be quite the understatement.
Muslims, Mexicans, the LGBTQ community… these are just some of the collectives that are holding their breath as January 20th inches closer.
But let’s put the spotlight on women for now.
From his berating of journalist Megyn Kelly to his alarming “Grab her by the p*ssy” comments, to say that Trump doesn’t respect women wouldn’t be that radical of a statement, especially since the man said that very sentiment years ago in an interview with E! News.
But now that he’s the president-elect, women all across the country are frightened about what a Trump presidency – and more importantly an all-Republican government – will mean for the various rights they’ve accrued.
Linda Gregory, a Muncie city councilwoman, is one of the many women on the edge of their seats regarding the next person holding the highest office in the land.
“I think it’s scary,” Gregory said to Ball State students at the Kennedy Library. “I respect the office, but not the man.”
“He’s not my president,” she said, sharing the same belief that many also hold.
Gregory, a feminist, has faced what she describes as “in your face” sexism throughout her career. And while she says that she hasn’t faced anything of the sort during her almost-10-year political career, she’s still worried for others.
“Young women today don’t realize how precarious their rights are,” Gregory said.
The councilwoman went on to divulge one of her greatest fears about a Trump presidency: the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court case that affirmed the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion.
Trump has publicly denounced abortions on various instances, even going so far as to say that violators must suffer “some form of punishment.”
“For my generation, that was key,” Gregory explained. “Knowing that you had an option was important and life-changing for a lot of women.”
In regards to having more women in government, Gregory is all about it.
“We’d probably be a more friendly [sic] place. We probably would find more ways to work together,” Gregory said.
“Women bring a different mindset – not necessarily better – but different,” she continued. “We need to have a blend.”
Under Trump, however, a blend may not be in the cards. 12 of his 18 cabinet picks so far (excluding his Vice President and senior White House staff) have been white males.
Considering the fact that according to poll data, 53% of white women voted for Trump, it’s a disturbing, completely possible reality to feminists everywhere that other women simply don’t care that the man they cast their ballot for ostensibly doesn’t respect them.
So while the future of women’s rights seemingly hangs in the balance, Gregory believes that now, more than ever, people are going to have to step up.
“I think it’s going to take more than positivity,” Gregory said, followed by a somewhat nervous laugh.