“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”

This was said by the man who will now hold the most powerful position in government when I get back to my university in the US at the end of January. A university that tries hard to protect its students from bias and harassment from other students and faculty members, but now cannot protect them from the President of the United States.

Our future president also once said, “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’” My school has a large majority of female students. Because of this, we have strong female professors and are encouraged to not let gender stereotypes bring us down, but push us forward. I have always relished the fact that I feel one hundred percent comfortable walking across campus at night and that female students don’t get catcalled. Now, I don’t feel safe in my country or my body as our president judges women’s appearances rather than their intelligence.

“We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.” This is a quote from President Obama, who openly and publicly encourages his daughters to reach for the stars academically. His eldest daughter is all set to attend Harvard University next fall. Trump, however, was quoted saying “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

Right now I work as an intern in an office with over 90 percent of female employees in a line of work, public relations, that is dominated by female professionals. I spend my days surrounded by strong powerful women, yet my country is going to be led by a man who told a strong powerful woman that she couldn’t be president because she didn’t have the “look” for it. Little girls today are not going to be as lucky I was to grow up in the Obama age. They are going to have to grow up with a president who openly prefers his more attractive daughter and publicly stated that he was proud of all of his children, but proud to “a lesser extent” of his youngest, presumably less attractive daughter.

Lea Silverman

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