kara mccullough

The INSIDER Summary

  • Miss USA Kara McCullough was criticized for comments on health care and feminism during Sunday night’s pageant.
  • McCullough tells INSIDER she doesn’t want to take back anything she said.
  • Miss USA says she believes in women’s rights, but uses the word “equalist” instead of “feminist.”
  • She believes everyone should have affordable health care.
  • McCullough also wants to help inspire more girls to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, and mathematics.

The new Miss USA isn’t shying away from controversial comments she made at Sunday night’s pageant. 

Kara McCullough’s answers to two questions on feminism and health care during the Q&A portion of the Miss USA 2017 competition ignited controversy on social media. 

McCullough caught the attention of many when she said she prefers the word “equalism” to “feminism.”

When McCullough was asked what she considers feminist to be and whether she considers herself feminist, here’s how she responded:

“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to transpose the word feminism to equalism,” said McCullough. “I try not to consider myself this diehard, like, ‘I don’t really care about men.'” 

Many took issue with Kara redefining the word and with her definition of feminism.