Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 16th 2017, yet residents of the U.S. territory are still struggling to obtain the necessities. Though the hurricane's 150 mile per hour winds and torrential downpours have affected the entire island, Research shows that impacts from natural disasters oftentimes impact women more adversly than any other portion of the population.
Rachel E. Luft, a Katrina survivor and Seattle University professor, spoke with Newsweek about the fact that more women than men die in natural disasters and are more likely to suffer domestic or sexual violence after a natural disaster strikes.
"Women, and especially women of color, are overwhelmingly tasked personally and professionally with caring for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. So even the simple decision about whether to evacuate in advance of a disaster often means being responsible for multiple people. This isn't a deficit in women; it's an extra responsibility that makes personal survival decisions and the resources to support them much more difficult."
During an interview with Univision, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a black T-shirt that spelled the word NASTY, referring to the accusation president Trump fired at the Puerto Rican mayor. During the Univision interview, Cruz said, in Spanish, “What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
Cruz knows that fashion can be speech!
San Juan mayor responds to Trump with Nasty Shirt