April 4, 2017 is Equal Pay Day in the United States, symbolizing women's longstanding quest for "equal pay for equal work," but it appears to have little significance to President Trump who, on March 27, 2017, signed an order repealing Executive Order 13673, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order issued by President Obama in 2014. Obama's 2014 order mandated that companies seeking government contracts adhere to basic standards of pay equality and safety and it prohibited contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. On April 3, 2017, President Trump also authorized the State Department to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Defunding the UNFPA hinders an organization that helps poor women access reproductive health care (including assisting pregnant refugees in giving birth) from continuing their mission to "to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled." Do these acts sound like the acts of someone truly interested in women's rights? Is it possible to parse women's rights and recognize some and not others? And who decides? A room full of men? These are all good questions and every American should consider all the facts before deciding whether President Trump truly supports women's rights. You either do or you don't and I don't believe President Trump's behavior, comments or actions evidence a person who truly understands and cares about women and/or their rights.
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