With his decades-long record of sexism and disdain for women, Donald Trump as president would be catastrophic for working women. This kind of backwards thinking has no place in our country in 2016.
When it comes to working women's issues, Trump seems to be stuck in the 1940s. Trump has said that "putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing." He's said, "I don't want to sound too much like a chauvinist -- but when I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."
Trump's pathetic stance on equal pay for equal work is, "You're gonna make the same if you do as good a job." He has complained of pregnancy being "an inconvenience," and thinks breastfeeding working mothers are "disgusting." Trump's take on paid family leave? "We have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it."
Trump is so out-of-touch on this issue that he once bragged on the campaign trail about a child-care program for his employees, but it turned out that the program he mentioned was actually not for his employees -- it was for the children of his hotel and golf club guests.
His misogyny extends much further than his harmful positions on policy. He shows outright disdain towards so many women he encounters on the campaign trail, in business, and in his personal life.
As we saw in the first debate and subsequent interviews, Trump may not believe in paid sick leave, equal pay, or programs to support working mothers, but he will let you know if you've gained weight. He particularly enjoys criticizing women by calling them "pigs," "dogs," and "slobs."
As Hillary Clinton noted in the first presidential debate, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado has shared stories of Trump regularly insulting her, calling her 'Miss Piggy" to criticize her weight, and calling her 'Miss Housekeeping' because she is Latina.
After facing this criticism during the debate, Trump couldn't even restrain himself from digging in further. The very next morning, he went on TV and insulted Machado's appearance yet again.
It's time for working people to take a stand against Trump's blatant sexism and disgusting views towards women. My wife, daughter, and granddaughters, and all women, deserve better than this. It's time for us to elect Hillary Clinton, an extremely qualified and a lifelong champion of policies that help women and working families, as the first female president of the United States.
My union, the Communications Workers of America, recently launched "CWA Women for Political Power," an initiative focused on mobilizing women members of our union to elect Hillary Clinton and spotlighting the power of women workers to move the country forward on issues like fair pay, paid sick leave, and others.
Together with the women and men of CWA, I will be working hard until November to ensure that the sexist and out-of-touch Donald Trump never sets foot in the White House.
Shelton is president of the Communications Workers of America, representing 700,000 women and men in telecommunications, media, airlines, public service and manufacturing.