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Women Host Alternative State of the Union

Women across the country took part in this year's Women's March less than two weeks ago. (Pixabay)
Women across the country took part in this year's Women's March less than two weeks ago. (Pixabay)
January 31, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – While President Donald Trump addressed Congress Tuesday night, a gathering of women held its own State of the Union.

Sexual assault survivors, mothers, women of color and many were at the National Press Club in Washington to address gender inequality and offer an alternate vision of the future from Trump.

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, says the president's policies on immigration hurt domestic workers, many of whom are immigrants.

"A lot of the policies of this administration and many of our elected leaders are trying to drive wedges and divide communities, and women are not only standing and organizing to be more powerful, but they're saying, 'We're going to do it together and we refuse to be divided,'" she says.

Poo says the majority of domestic workers are women of color and frequently are subject to abuse.

The State of Our Union took place less than two weeks after the 2018 Women's March and in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

Poo says all of this provides momentum for women to stand against gender inequality, especially in the workplace.

"We live in an economy and in a society that devalues the work of women and creates a lot of vulnerability for women in the workplace, and we're coming together to say, 'Not only will we not tolerate that any more, but we're going to be organizing and working together to ensure that our policies and our practices protect women,'" she states.

The alternative featured speeches by U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state, and Judy Chu and Barbara Lee of California, all of whom boycotted the State of the Union.



Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV