President Donald Trump’s policies have made a real difference in the lives of millions of Ohio women. To celebrate that success, the Women for Trump coalition is launching a nationwide voter registration drive ahead of next Monday’s anniversary of women’s suffrage.
Thanks to the Trump administration’s economic policies, female workers across America are becoming more prosperous than ever. The jobless rate for adult women is hovering at 3.4%, slightly below the overall unemployment rate. And while the national unemployment rate is near 50-year lows, the female unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since 1953 — 66 years ago.
Our state has fully benefited from this nationwide economic renaissance. Since Donald Trump took office, the Ohio economy has added more than 70,000 new jobs, pushing the state unemployment rate from 5.2% in January 2017 to 4.0% last month.
Likewise, the president’s job-creating policies have strengthened some of the most important industries in Ohio, including aluminum and steel. In fact, Trump’s recent “Buy American” executive order mandates that 95% of steel and iron in federal manufacturing contracts must be made by American firms — a change that further will boost an industry that impacts approximately 100,000 Ohio jobs.
As a millennial who grew up in the Buckeye State during the Great Recession, I couldn’t be more proud of the work that the president has done to rebuild our economy. In contrast to the Democratic Party’s obsession with expanding the reach of our already bloated federal government, President Trump has recognized the importance of strengthening American families, empowering American workers and cutting useless government regulations that stifled the growth of American businesses.
The president’s middle-class tax cuts, for instance, saved taxpayers in Ohio an average of $1,476 on their federal income taxes last year, while married couples with two children saw an average tax cut of nearly $2,000. That kind of money is a game-changer for working families. They can apply their tax savings to child care, saving for college tuition or any of the myriad other expenses that come with raising children.
President Trump also has done wonders for families of great American veterans. Thanks to the MISSION Act the president recently signed into law, the VA has restructured its community care programs to give veterans greater access to health care providers of their choice.
Of course, the president also understands that long-term prosperity requires long-term stability, which is why he spearheaded the most extensive criminal justice reform in decades. The FIRST STEP Act launched dozens of new rehabilitation and job training programs designed to help former nonviolent inmates re-integrate into their communities and become productive members of society after release from prison.
But criminal justice reform is only part of the equation. The Trump administration also is working to protect families from the international criminal organizations that exploit our broken immigration system. Because of our past failures to secure the border, MS-13 gang members have terrorized American communities, and multinational drug cartels have been able to flood American streets with illegal drugs, fueling the opioid crisis that is ravaging families all over the country.
The ongoing border security crisis doesn’t harm only American citizens. Studies suggest 80% of Central American women and girls are raped on their way to the U.S. border. For the Mexican drug cartels, exploiting women and children is a profitable business, and also one that depends on America’s continued reluctance to enforce its own immigration laws.
President Trump has done more to secure the border than any of his predecessors. Despite the Democratic Party’s unrelenting obstructionism, the president used his executive authority to reallocate the funds needed to reinforce ports of entry and to extend the wall along our southern border. These policies will reduce the overall flow of illegal immigrants and make it easier for our Border Patrol agents to process and vet those who do make it across the border, which in turn will mean fewer violent criminals in our midst.
he Trump administration isn’t done fighting for the welfare of American women and our families. It has introduced plans to help working parents prosper by creating federal paid family leave and child care assistance programs. Meanwhile, the president is fighting for the interests of American workers by renegotiating outdated trade deals, such as NAFTA, and standing up to China’s abusive trade practices.
I invite you to attend the Women for Trump voter registration training Thursday so you can help us celebrate the extraordinary success that women throughout the Buckeye State have enjoyed under President Trump’s leadership. The event is free, but registration is requested. Go t