Category: Philanthropy

Washington D.C. Is A Tough Place, But Not As Tough As Betsy DeVos

Washington D.C. is a tough place, and it is even tougher on the politicians and lawmakers who choose to work there every day. Betsy DeVos is widely known in Michigan for her ability to fight for what she believes in and for her determination and grit. When she was called upon to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, she answered the call. During her confirmation hearings, she faced some of the toughest and nastiest opposition who were all highly critical of her views. Many people were surprised by how civil she was during the hearings, and many others were not. This is the way Mrs. DeVos has always been; gracious, civil, and respectful but also very formidable.


When president Trump decided to rescind a law that allowed transgender students to use a bathroom that aligned with their gender identity, Betsy DeVos quietly disagreed. She decided to meet with a transgender and gay employee representative from the Department of Education to let them know what was about to happen. In public, she never appeared to be distressed by what Trump did, and she also joined him when he made the announcement. This caused some people to believe that she would serve as a quiet team player who simply does what she is told. Those from her home state of Michigan already knew this wasn’t the case. People close to her also revealed that while she was a bit bothered by how she was treated during her confirmations, that she had already moved on and was ready to get to work.


Betsy DeVos has been battling it out with those who don’t agree with her points of view for many years. To some people, the confirmation hearings might have seemed a bit brutal, and it might have appeared that she was ready to give up. This was never the case and was evident in the way that she handled it all with grace and dignity. After being made to look ignorant by her opposition, she called up the two leaders of the largest teachers’ unions in the United States to meet with them. These leaders are Lily Eskelsen García and Randi Weingarten who both have opposing political views when compared to DeVos. While Garcia decided not to meet with DeVos, Weingarten did. Weingarten later commented that too many people underestimate Betsy DeVos and that they would be wise not to.


Betsy DeVos has now settled into her role as the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A., and she has already made a difference. Many politicians in Washington D.C. are now beginning to see that she was and is the right woman for the job. The nation is in need of strong but caring leaders, and she fits the bill in every way.


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