Miss USA Clarifies Polarizing Statements On Healthcare And Feminism

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough poses for photos at a news conference after being crowned Miss USA 2017 at the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Sunday night, Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017. The 25-year-old scientist who works at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a graduate of the HBCU South Carolina State University.

Even though McCullough is highly accomplished and is the second Black woman and Miss District of Columbia to win in a row, she found herself surrounded by controversy due to the answers she gave regarding healthcare and feminism during the question section of the pageant.

McCullough initially said healthcare is a privilege and as a government employee, she sees that in order to have healthcare you need jobs. Her initial statement about feminism was that women are just as equal as men in the workplace.

McCullough appeared on “Good Morning America” earlier this week to clarify her answers.

About the term “equalism” she said she preferred to use instead of feminism, McCullough said during her interview, “For me, where I work at with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ‘equalism’ is more of a term of understanding that no matter your gender, you are still just kind of given the same accolades on your work…I believe that if a person does a good job, they should be, you know, credited for that in a sense.”

On healthcare, she said it should be a “right for all.”

“I am privileged to have healthcare and I do believe that it should be a right…I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide,” she said.

McCullough seems to have been basing her answers from her personal experiences and not on societal norms.