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A message of hope for inclusivity and equality

For many US citizens, as well as people around the world,
the last few months have been difficult and disappointing given the results of
the US presidential election. As a feminist bioethicist, I am particularly
concerned about how the Trump administration will treat vulnerable and
oppressed groups, such as women, individuals in the LGBTQ community, people of
color, individuals with disabilities, Muslims and other religious minorities in
the US, and poor individuals. I am also concerned that the Trump administration
will erode people’s access to healthcare and that this will disproportionately
affect these vulnerable and oppressed groups. Already, we have seen that one
of Trump’s first actions is to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care
Act
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It is easy to be disheartened during these challenging
times, but I recently attended two events that gave me hope. First, on Friday,
January 20, I attended and co-organized the fifth annual Capital
District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference
which was held at the Albany
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. When we chose the date for this
conference in the summer of 2016, we didn’t realize that we had scheduled the
conference for Inauguration Day. Had the presidential election turned out
differently, this may have affected our turnout, but as it stands, we had
approximately 80 people in attendance, which is great for a local conference. A
feminist conference was the perfect place to be on this Inauguration Day. In
order to address some of Trump’s antifeminist and other biased comments and actions,
the organizers put together an invited panel titled “Feminist Work in
Non-Feminist Surroundings: Survival in Challenging Times.” I participated
in this panel to discuss why I had created the Capital District Feminist
Studies Consortium in the first place and why its existence is so important
moving forward.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.