Miss District of Columbia, Kara McCullough, was crowned Miss USA 2017 during Sunday (May 14) night’s pageant at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old chemist and South Carolina State University alum works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This win makes back-to-back wins for the district, 2016’s winner Deshauna Barber, a black woman, also hails from D.C.

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But, before McCullough officially won the crown, she caused controversy on social media to her thoughts on healthcare and feminism. McCullough said she doesn’t use the word “feminist,” but instead, prefers the term “equalism.”

“I don’t want to call myself a feminist,” McCullough said. “Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace.”

But during her backstage interview, she attempted t clarify her statements.

“I believe we’ve come a long way and there is more work to be done,” McCullough, said. “I think domestically we are making progress and I do believe that we will become equal one day.”

McCullough also said she believes health care should go to those people who have jobs.

“As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide,” she explained.

Watch some of the moments below.

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