Black Nuclear Chemist Who Isn’t a Feminist and Believes Health Care Is a Privilege Crowned Miss USA

Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kara McCullough, who represented the District of Columbia, was crowned Miss USA 2017 during Sunday night’s pageant at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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The 25-year-old chemist, who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, gave some interesting answers during her final-round interview before being crowned. When asked about what she considers feminism to be and whether she considered herself a feminist, McCullough said she doesn’t use the word and instead prefers the term “equalism.”

“I don’t want to call myself a feminist,” McCullough said. “Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace.”

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But during her backstage interview, she seemed to flip-flop about women being equal to men.

“I believe we’ve come a long way and there is more work to be done,” McCullough, said. “I think domestically we are making progress, and I do believe that we will become equal one day.”

Yeah, maybe one day we’ll have men parading onstage in their bikinis and being asked similar questions. Can you imagine a man being asked, “Sir, are women treated equally to men?” as he squirms in his elegant ball gown?

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McCullough also said that she believes health care should go to those people who have jobs.

“As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment [so] that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs [for] all the American citizens worldwide,” she explained.

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Well, it sounds like Miss USA may have a few fans in the White House.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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DISCUSSION

immildlyoutraged
ImMildlyOutraged

I get the Healthcare thing but does every woman have to be a feminist? This sounds extremely judgmental. Feminism is supposed to stand for women making their own choices freely and feminists are the first ppl to attack a WOMAN who doesnt believe what they do. Not being or identifying as a feminist does not = women should get paid less and not be able to have birth control. She clearly said there is a disparity and “women are equal to men.” I take that as her saying there should not be a disparity.

If a woman chooses not to identify as a feminist she shouldn’t be attacked. If a woman says women are not equal to men or should not have the same rights, that is a different conversation.