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The Biggest Takeaways for Women From Donald Trump’s Speech to Congress

Women’s issues weren’t front and center in President Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress, but they weren’t completely ignored, either.

Last night, Trump delivered his first speech to lawmakers of both parties. The speech was largely considered a “winner,” with the Washington Post calling it “the best speech Trump has given since he entered politics way back in June 2015.”

Much of the speech focused on hot-button topics like immigration, health care, and tax reform. But the President did highlight a few action items related to women’s issues.

Making child care affordable: Trump said that his “administration wants to work with members of both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable.” He did not mention a specific policy in his speech, but he may have been referring to the one for which his daughter Ivanka is currently rallying Congressional support. The plan would allow individuals earning less than $250,000 a year (or couples earning less than $500,000) to deduct the cost of child care expenses from their income taxes. Families without any tax liability would get a rebate for their expenses in the form of a larger earned income tax credit.

Creating an inclusive paid family leave policy: The president also promised to “help ensure new parents that they have paid family leave.” The key word here, according to Vox, is “parents.” Trump is rumored to be considering a tweak to his original paid leave policy, which provide birth mothers and adoptive mothers with six weeks of paid leave, but was criticized for excluding fathers.

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Investing in women’s health: Trump said that the new administration would “invest in women’s health,” though he did not provide specifics. This may be a nod to Planned Parenthood, the women’s health non-profit that he has threatened to defund. In a letter to pro-life voters in September, the then-presidential candidate said he would cut off the organization’s funding “as long as they continue to perform abortions.” Since Trump’s inauguration, the non-profit has received an influx of support and private donations.

Empowering female entrepreneurs: The commander-in-chief touted the joint council he has created with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets, and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.” This is another policy area for which Ivanka has reportedly played a major role in elevating to the forefront of her father’s presidential agenda.