I’m sure none of us will ever forget when, in the 2016 debate between Presidential nominees Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump, Clinton answered a question about her tax policy. Clinton admitted that her policy proposals included raising taxes on the rich. “My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it,” she quipped.
In response, Trump leaned into the microphone — and with a fair amount of hate in his voice — called his competitor, former First Lady and Secretary of State, a “such a nasty woman.”
Of course, the vitriolic comment didn’t go unnoticed. The clip went viral, prompting millions of women across America — and indeed, the world — to reclaim the slur.
“Nasty woman” suddenly became synonymous with a woman who knows what she wants and is vocal about it, a woman who won’t be quiet just because a man tells her to be. A woman who knows her worth. A woman who is passionate about the causes that are close to her heart. A woman who stares down the patriarchy with clear eyes and courage.
As we all know, Hillary Clinton didn’t win the 2016 election. Instead, Donald J. Trump was elected to the highest office in the land, the 45th President of the United States. And since 2016, Trump has continuously let his thoughts about “nasty women” be known.
He has offered his unsolicited opinions on women’s bodies. He has belittled the #MeToo movement. Insulted beloved and distinguished female politicians’ intelligence, like when he called Senator Elizabeth Warren “goofy” with a “nasty mouth.” Or when he called Congresswoman Maxine Waters an “extraordinarily low IQ person.” This is all without mentioning the dozens of sexual misconduct, and assault claims lobbied against him.
And now, he is running for a second term.
Luckily, you are a nasty woman. And 2020 is the nasty woman’s time to shine. According to the nonpartisan project Gender on the Ballot, women consistently vote at higher rates than men in presidential elections. And according to UNIDOS US, Latina women “outvote Latino men at higher rates than White women outvote White men.” That means we shouldn’t underestimate the power we have to make our voices heard.
Latinxs are a population growing in political power and numbers in the U.S. — changing the outcome of this election could potentially be in our hands. Studies show that both millennials and Gen Z-ers care most about combatting racial discrimination, fighting global poverty, reforming our healthcare system, and saving the environment.
According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of women in the U.S. still believe the country has a long way to create real equality between genders. Millennial women are significantly more likely to say that a man’s gender gives him a social and economic advantage.
In other words, women are refusing to remain silent anymore. We’re standing up and letting our nasty flag fly. After years of oppression, dismissal, and violence, it’s our time to shine. The 2020 election will be the perfect time to show the world what nasty women are made of.