By: Hunter Hext
The movement of Women’s Rights has been a hot topic dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s. Throughout the years women have gained many opportunities in the workforce from earning middle management positions to running for president. However, recent budgeting by the Trump Administration is hurting foundations supporting women. A form of gender-based budgeting found that the deepest cuts in the budget were in programs that spent more on women than on men. A few of the main ones were in Medicaid, housing assistance, and low-income energy assistance. The main reason that these three will be the big sores for women organizations is because typically women benefit from social safety net spending more than men. In fact, women receive roughly 70 percent of their total spending from Medicaid. This will lower the consumer spending because women won’t feel as though they can put their money into a foundation that’s getting cutted financially. In addition to Medicaid, the budget also plans on cutting food stamps where the majority of these funds are spent on women.
Trump’s cuts in the budget for women organizations could either hurt or help us from a foreign exchange standpoint. Many women organizations are not just international, but reach out globally, touching many countries that the United States trades with or helps out. The budget cuts could hurt from a health standpoint, in the sense that foreign aid is allocated for vaccines, health services, and HIV/AIDS treatments. If these things our cut out of the picture, it is likely that countries will view the United States negatively, possibly affecting the trade from smaller countries to the United States.
On the contrary of implementing a budget deficit in regards to women, Trump is planning on performing a budget surplus in regards to men. The largest concern in Trump’s eyes is the unemployment insurance for men. Under Trump, the government spending is going to boost
to make up for the lost consumer spending.
Personally, I believe funding cuts for things such as reproductive health are doing much more than strictly improving women's health. In fact, it pauses the need to create the conditions that allow both women and girls to make positive decisions in their everyday live and also gives them more control over their futures. In cutting access to these foundations, female education is hindered and so is their ability to earn sustainable incomes and participate actively in society. Equal spending for females can potentially build the economic, political, and social aspects of our economy. After all, everyone is going to pay the same price for a bag of chips at the local Pic ‘N Save.
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“This Is How Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Will Hurt Women and Girls Around the World.”Global Citizen, www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/stop-the-cuts-to-womens-programs/.