The Year Of Women, In Policy And Politics

It has been a year of reckoning for women in the United States. It began with hundreds of thousands of women across the country and the rest of the world marching for women’s rights. It would close out with powerful men like Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein accused of serial sexual harassment and abuse of women — and finally facing consequences for their behavior. 

Womens March_editedBut what has changed for women in 2017, particularly in government and policy? The Trump administration has taken actions on issues that directly affect women, including funding for sex education, how colleges handle sexual assault cases and how some workers can obtain birth control. On the political side, women in the Senate became key players in dealing with sexual harassment in Congress, while the November election showed early signs of a new wave of women running for office.

Source: The Washington Post/Kayla Epstein

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