died 2 years ago at age 98. If she hadn't died then, learning that
53% of white women voted for Donald Trump would surely have finished her
A farmer's wife and a teacher, she was a
feminist before the term was coined, raising her 3 daughters to believe
they could do anything the boys could. She taught country school before
she was married, went back and got her bachelor's degree after her 5
kids were grown, then taught 6th grade at South Haven for 20 years.
She was active in the United Methodist Church and a member of the
American Association of University Women. She supported women's access
to birth control and abortion. She had bumper stickers that said "LEVIN"
and "KEEP ABORTION LEGAL." (For you Trump supporters, Carl Levin was
Michigan's Democratic senator for 36 years.) At the same time, she was a strong
supporter of Republican congressman Fred Upton.
While 53% of white women were apparently
charmed by Trump's vulgar, hateful rhetoric, she would have been
appalled. If he had been the Democratic candidate, she would have voted
The bright spot in this election was
female black voters. More of them voted than in any other group, despite
Republican efforts to keep minorities from voting. Only 4% of them voted
for Trump. Latinas also showed more class than white women, with only
26% voting for Trump. (source)