The new Miss USA raises some eyebrows with her thoughts on healthcare and feminism – Los Angeles Times

“As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,” she said when asked what she thinks feminism is and if she considers herself a feminist. The audience loudly cheered her response,  according to the Washington Post.

“I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this diehard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace,” she continued. “And I say firsthand: I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences, as well as just in the office environment.”

She also said that as Miss USA, she “would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally.”

McCullough, one of five contestants who immigrated to the U.S. as youngsters and are now citizens, took the crown from Army officer Deshauna Barber, also from the District of Columbia.

Barber won the Miss USA title last year in the aftermath of host Steve Harvey’s infamous Miss Universe gaffe and the departure of former pageant owner Donald Trump after NBCUniversal and Univision ousted him for offending Latinos during his White House run.

McCullough will go on to compete on the Miss Universe pageant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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