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This photo taken on March 1, 2017 shows Indian grandmother Savita Deshmukh (C), 62, during class at the Aajibaichi Shala, or "school for grannies" in the local Marathi language, in Phangane village in Maharashtra state's Thane district, some 125km northeast of Mumbai.


The Week in Women: A gross Wall Street bro, an ironic Broadway show, and off to school the grandmas go

By Brigit Katz on March 17, 2017

This week’s news cycle was all about children: little children, adult children, bronze children (see below for details). Let’s take a look back. Shall we?

On International Women’s Day, an investment management firm installed a statue of a young girl staring down the famous “Charging Bull” in New York’s financial district. Then some suited-up bro, perpetuating every stereotype about the jerkfaces of Wall Street, decided it would be hilarious to hump this image of a little girl (there really is no dignified way to describe what he did). A passerby, Alexis Kaloyanides, caught the man on camera and shared a photo of the lewd display in a Facebook post that quickly went viral. “Douchebags like this are why we need feminism,” she wrote. A pervasive sense of basic decency would be nice as well.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of man child President Trump, sat next to Justin “with the good hair” Trudeau at a Broadway performance of Come From Away. Ironically, the musical is about celebrating and accepting foreign travelers — a principle that the president doesn’t really subscribe to. Come From Away is set in the wake of the September 11 attacks, when thousands of people from across the globe were diverted from American airspace to a small town in Newfoundland, Canada. The Canadian consulate general in New York brought a delegation of 600 people to the performance, along with the first daughter. Trump was not in attendance, which is somewhat surprising, as he has shown himself to be quite the theater critic.

Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian corporal who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls, has been freed from prison after serving 20 years. Daqamseh opened fire at the children while they were on a class outing in 1997. The murders threatened a new and fragile peace between Israel and Jordan, prompting Jordanian King Hussein to pay visits to the bereaved parents. Upon his return home, Daqamseh expressed no remorse for his actions. “There is no country named Israel,” he said, according to The New York Times. He also referred to Israelis as “human garbage.”

There is a pretty lovely role reversal happening in the Thane district of India. Grandmas there are going to primary school, escorted by their grandchildren. The Aajibaichi Shala, or “school for grannies,” seeks to provide an education to women between the ages of 60 and 90. These women never learned to read or write when they were younger; many were kept home from school so they could work, or become young brides and mothers. According to the AFP, the grandmas are often dropped off at school by their grandchildren, and the kids have been known to help their grandmothers with homework assignments. Excuse us, we’re busy having all the feels.