Most people who are familiar with Betsy DeVos know that she is the kind of leader who is polite and civil in public but that will also go to battle with anyone for the causes she believes in. Behind the scenes is where most of her work takes place, and she has been known use her wealth and influence to help those in need. DeVos has focused a lot of her attention on the school system in the United States where she believes she can do the most good.
Betsy DeVos recently became the secretary of education for the U.S., but before she was confirmed in, she was dragged into a controversial situation. The situation began when president Trump made a decision to do away with a federal policy that had been allowing transgender students to use any bathroom at school they chose. She attended a meeting with a representative of transgender and gay employees from the department of education to let them know what the president was about to do. One of her aides had given the impression that DeVos was not supportive of the president’s decision. This became an issue after DeVos attended the Conservative Political Action Conference where she didn’t take a stand against president Trump.
Betsy DeVos has never been the kind of politician to pull her punches, so her reasoning for not being vocal about her stance was not understood by those who did not approve of the rescinding of the policy. Her supporters most likely figured there was a good reason for her not to be vocal about her opinion, but others were confused and not as understanding. Some people went as far as to doubt her strength as a politician; believing she would become a quiet team player who doesn’t think for herself. This is completely contrary to her behavior in the past as she has always done everything in her power to fight for the rights of the underprivileged.
One of the ways Betsy DeVos has continued to do so is by supporting educational choice. The educational choice movement has been operating for many decades, and DeVos has been one of its most vocal leaders. Throughout the years, she has earned the respect of people who think like her as well as those who don’t. Some of her greatest political adversaries have even given her credit for her heart being in the right place.
Today, Betsy DeVos serves as the chairman of the Windquest Group. She is also the co-founder of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation has continued to donate large sums of money to charitable organizations and educational causes. DeVos appears to be just as dedicated to the causes she supports, today, as she has ever been in the past.
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