Under President Bill Clinton, the State Department created the Office of Global Women’s Issues. President Barack Obama said he was what a feminist looked like and created the White House Council on Women and Girls, because, “From sports leagues to pop culture to politics, our society does not sufficiently value women. We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should.”[i] Obama asked parents of young men to teach them respect for women as part of the 2014 campaign “It’s on Us” to prevent campus sexual assaults.[ii] . President Trump can’t say much because many women have accused him of sexual assault, including a list of women who have publically spoken up.[i]
[i] Catherine Pearson, Emma Gray, and Alanna Vagianos, “A Running List of the Women Who’ve Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Assault,” Huffington Post, October 28, 2016.
[i] Michael Shear and Elena Schneider, “Obama Unveils Push for Young People to Do More Against Campus Assaults,” New York Times, September 19, 2014.
Catherine Pearson, Emma Gray, and Alanna Vagianos, “A Running List of the Women Who’ve Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Assault,” Huffington Post, October 28, 2016.
Donald Trump’s sexist comments hit a new low when a lewd video was released close to the November elections, in which a newly married Trump said his celebrity gave him the permission to grab women’s genitalia, although the word he actually used is one he used to disparage Ted Cruz.[i] He also called a female reporter a vulgar word for female genitals that starts with a “c.” All of Utah’s Republican leaders revoked their endorsements of him, along with other party leaders like Senator John McCain. The positive outcome is Trump generated consciousness-raising about sexual assault. When Canadian author Kelly Oxford asked women to tweet their “first assaults,” in a few hours she quickly received almost 10 million stories of assault, and millions more kept coming to @kellyoxford.