The Trump Administration's Pro-Women, Pro-Worker Agenda
"Together, we are creating a Nation where every daughter in America can grow up believing in herself, her future, and following her heart toward the American Dream." – President Donald J. Trump
As you campaign this final week before the midterms, we are equipping you with talking points on how President Trump’s policies and initiatives are helping women. Unemployment among women is at a 65-year low - and that’s just the beginning. The Republican Congress has passed and the President signed legislation that is encouraging girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields, combatting opioids, and cracking down on sex-traffickers. And President Trump has made historic appointments of women to leadership posts in his Administration.
Historic Tax Cuts Benefit Women and Families
- The Tax Cut and Jobs Act provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, of which $3.2 trillion (nearly 60 percent) goes to families.
- The bill increases the Child Tax Credit and makes the credit available to more families, giving America's moms and dads needed relief.
- The tax bill expanded education savings plans to include K-12 expenses.
Under President Trump, Unemployment for Women Has Plummeted
Protecting American Families from Gangs, Violent Crime and Sex Trafficking
- The women’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been in 65 years!
- Since January 2017, 2.2 million new jobs have been filled by women.
- Since January 2017, 1.4 million American women have joined the labor force.
- The Department of Justice worked with Central American partners to arrest and charge around 4,000 MS-13 gang members in 2017 (including the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program”).
- President Trump signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
- Last year, the Attorney General announced the creation of the new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes - and violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
Encouraging Women in the STEM Fields
- President Trump directed declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.
- The President’s “Opioid Cabinet” is providing governmentwide focus across departments and cabinet offices.
- Just last week, President Trump signed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act. The new law will expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid addiction, protect communities from illicit drugs, invest more in sustained recovery and workforce participation, continue to fight the stigma directed at people with addiction and raise public consciousness of the dangers of illicitly imported synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
Historic Appointments of Women to Leadership Posts
- In February 2017, President Trump signed two bills that promote increased opportunities for women in business and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
- H.R. 255 authorized the National Science Foundation to enhance recruitment and support of women entrepreneurs.
- H.R. 321 directed NASA to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM education and careers in the aerospace industry.
- President Trump has appointed women to six Cabinet-level positions (Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security; Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration; Gina Haspel, Director of Central Intelligence; and Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations).
- The lead spokespersons for the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Justice Department are women.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the first mother - and only the third woman - to hold the position of White House Press Secretary.