Beth, 35
Designer
Ohio

When I was younger I was a libertarian; I come from a conservative "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" family. I read too much Ayn Rand. At some point I grew up and decided it wasn't okay for people to get sick and die because they're poor, and that as human beings we have a responsibility to take care of each other.

I don't want women's and LGBTQ rights to step back a half a century, and I think racism is the single most important issue our country faces today. I just got the right to legally marry, but in some states it's still legal to fire me for being gay.

I watched my working class family vote against their best interests because rich people tricked them into thinking they had the same agenda, lower taxes, without realizing that when rich people don't pay their fair share, the burden falls to the middle classes. Trump has nothing in common with my hard working family.

For most of my childhood I was sexually abused. My family chose not to believe me even after my abuser was caught in the act. It was easier to blame me than accept responsibility for the situation. I learned early on that people don't believe women. I learned that even when people know the truth they will tell women to be quiet, because it's easier.

Trump is a known abuser. Eleven women to date have come forward, and yet somehow he remains a major party nominee. He degrades and disrespects women at every opportunity. But the Republican party tells us it's locker room talk. Shh, just be quiet and let the men do their thing.

If Trump wins this election, with sexual assault in the national conversation, as a country we've said: We accept this, we tolerate this, we'll allow it to continue.

 

If I could say anything to other women it's this: Show the world that if we stand together we are stronger than these men, and we will not be abused any more.