Kai Selwa works in the MSU Formula Racing Shop on March 27, 2018.

Women in the skilled trades face obstacles

The number of women in the skilled trades has been slowly rising. The traditionally male-dominated field has seen increased interest from women. Both Grand Rapids Community College and Macomb Community College have programs for the skilled trades that have seen rising numbers of women. According to Scott Mattson, program manager of job training and construction trades, there has been a large jump in the last five years. Macomb’s student population for skilled trades now is 15 percent female.

Women in local government break up the boys’ club

Local government is vital to an area’s survival and prosperity. Government can still be a “boys’ club,” but women are gaining more positions of power and trying to improve their communities. Despite the progress, inequality and sexism remain. Patricia Spitzley, at-large councilmember in the Lansing City Council, went into government work because she likes being able to see her work help her community. “My philosophy is don’t complain, get involved,” Spitzley said.

College sexual assault victims aren’t going to authorities

Due to the aftermath of the Larry Nassar scandal, the #MeToo movement has become a nationwide effort in the support of raising prevention and awareness of sexual abuse. More than 300 women came forward as victims and were awarded a $500 million settlement total. Because of this, the conversation about sexual assault, especially on college campuses, has been brought to the forefront. The founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, spoke at Michigan State University this past April as a part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. She expressed that many times girls she worked with were sexual assault victims and were not even aware.

Tampons, pads cost money in Michigan’s women’s prison

Despite being a necessity for women’s health and personal hygiene, menstrual pads/ tampons continue to be out of reach for some of the most vulnerable members of society in the United States. Not only do the poor have to learn to deal with these less than ideal conditions, but women in American prisons face the same struggle. Menstrual products in federal prisons became free the summer of 2017, but women in state prisons across the country aren’t as lucky. Lack of menstrual hygiene products do more than make women uncomfortable during their period. They cause staining of their clothes, and there are health risks involved.

Trump and Clinton Debate

Political fashion and one-sided criticism

Often in the political arena, women’s appearances are commented on and discussed more than their political agendas or accomplishments. The same pattern repeated itself in the 2016 presidential race. Public relations expert and former political consultant Kelly Rossman-McKinney expands on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s style throughout their campaigns and what it means to be in the public eye.