Dear President Trump,
I appreciate your support of women in STEM and Entrepreneurship.
The INSPIRE Women Act sheds light on the omnipresent discrimination that capable women face in male-dominated fields such as science and business, and in doing so it has the power to correct gender bias in the workplace.
I hope that this is a step towards encouraging women in ALL fields to showcase their talents and to receive the recognition that they deserve for their accomplishments.
However, there is just one issue with such a strong display of encouragement of female independence: it is contradictory to your movement towards restricting women’s control over reproduction.
If women are to be trusted with sending human beings out of this world, then surely they can be trusted to make sensible decisions about bringing human beings into this world.
Moreover, if the amount of female workers increases, and all women who become pregnant are forced to deliver their children, productivity in the workplace could suffer due to maternity leave.
This brings me to my next point.
I applaud your plan to give women six weeks of paid maternity leave. I am not a mother, so I cannot say whether or not this is enough time, but I hope that this idea will come to fruition.
I also hope to see a plan for reducing the cost of maternity care, particularly if women will not be able to terminate their pregnancies.
Women may not always be able to predict when they will need maternity coverage, and they may not be able to apply for it in time.
I realize that the aforementioned issues have already been extensively discussed- I am simply adding my voice to the congregation of thousands of other voices echoing the same sentiments, with the hope that you will use your power to find ways to change the tone of our voices to a happier one.
Just as being a working professional in a civilized society is not mutually exclusive with being human, support of women in the workforce should not be mutually exclusive with support of women in the healthcare system.
I hope that the INSPIRE Women Act will inspire you to lead a free world.
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