How Trump's America Will Hurt Women

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Media Outlet: Vice

Monica Potts wrote for Vice about the young girls who will grow up under a Trump presidency:

I grew up in Trump Land, or one region of it, anyway: rural, mountainous Arkansas. I'm not sure when my feminist awakening began. My mother, against all odds given where she came from, is a devout liberal, an autodidact, and a voracious reader. My father, a self-employed plumber who did not graduate from high school and often told me the only book he'd ever read was Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, declared at my birth that I would go to Harvard and become the first woman president.

At least, that's how the family story goes. My parents created a family life that was more liberal than the typical southern experience, and it set us apart and made me who I am. My dad was wrong on the first prediction, but not by much: I went to a "Seven Sister" school, Bryn Mawr College.

I hoped that on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton would be elected, and he would be proven wrong on the second count, too.


Monica Potts was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, writing a book about the dilemmas facing poor women and explore the idea of a second-chance society. Previously, Potts spent four years at the American Prospect magazine.