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Fiona Apple. (Chad Batka/The New York Times)


The Week in Women: Morocco bans the burka, Barbara Bush is hospitalized, and the Women’s March gets an anthem

January 20, 2017

Well, it’s here, folks: Inauguration Day. Depending on your perspective, you were either cheering on the newly-anointed President Trump as he took the Oath of Office, or stress eating Krispy Kremes under a comforter while researching New Zealand’s immigration process. It has been, unsurprisingly, a very politically-oriented week in news. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday morning to be treated for bronchitis. It is unclear when Bush will be allowed to return home, but a spokesman said she is feeling “a thousand percent better.” Bush’s husband, 92-year-old former President George H.W. Bush, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday for treatment of “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” These bouts of illness kept both Bushes from attending the inauguration — though they weren’t such yuge Trump fans in the first place.

Morocco’s Interior Ministry has reportedly banned merchants from selling and manufacturing the burka due to security concerns. It is not yet clear whether wearing the garment will also be outlawed. The ban was likely instituted in an attempt to hinder possible actions by extremists, but some are questioning if the move was justified. “[T]here is not evidence for associating the burka with security threats,” said Farah Chérif D’Ouezzan, founder of the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Rabat. “I believe that men or women should have the right to choose how to dress.”

We’re amped for the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place this weekend, but the event has gone through a bit of a rough patch recently. Organizers faced a backlash after it was revealed that the New Wave Feminists, a pro-life organization based in Texas, were listed as a partner on the protest’s website. Many women took to social media on Monday to express their disapproval of the partnership. Following the outcry, organizers of the March removed all mention of the New Wave Feminists from their website, and said in a statement that the group had been added to the partners’ list in “error.” They also noted that the “Women’s March platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one.”

While we’re on the topic of the Women’s March: The elusive Fiona Apple has written a chant called “Tiny Hands” for the hundreds of thousands of women expected to participate in the protest. The chant, which includes a sample of Trump boasting about sexually harassing women, features Apple repeating the words, “We don’t want your tiny hands/anywhere near our underpants.” The lyrics reference a common insult — Trump’s hands are small — that has been getting under the president’s skin for decades. We can’t imagine that Trump will be thrilled to hear about this, but he can at least be thankful that Apple drew the line at his hands.