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First lady Melania Trump climbs back into her motorcade after traveling to Texas to visit facilities that house and care for children taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border June 21, 2018 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: Melania ‘really’ doesn’t care, a prime minister gives birth and Millie Bobby Brown speaks out

By Brigit Katz on June 22, 2018

This week’s newsletter is devoted to children, because, in light of recent events, they’ve been on our mind in more ways than one. Let’s take a look back.

One day after President Trump signed an executive order to stop U.S. immigration officials from separating parents and children who illegally cross the southern border, first lady Melania Trump paid an unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas, where she toured a border patrol processing center. Trump thanked doctors and social workers and told them that she would like to “help reunite these children with their families as quickly as possible.” Any good P.R. this visit may have garnered was quickly overshadowed when photos emerged of Trump leaving and returning to Washington D.C. in a jacket stamped with the phrase “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” There are just no words.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, welcomed their first child on Thursday. Ardern is now the second world leader in modern history — and the first in nearly 30 years — to give birth while in office. (In 1990, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto became the first sitting world leader to have a baby.) Ardern will take six weeks maternity leave and then return to her job, like many other mothers across the world. But we look forward to watching male journalists try to wrap their heads around this crazy concept.

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown abruptly left Twitter last week after Photoshopped images turned her into a homophobic meme — and let us remind you that Brown is only 14. On Monday, the young actor won an MTV Movie Award, and during her acceptance speech, she made her first public comment about the incident. “Since I know there are many young people watching this, and even to the adults, too, they could probably use the reminder that I was taught: If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” Brown told viewers. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it.” Uh-oh. We all know how Eleven handles bullies.

Meghan Markle’s dad continued to not do himself any favors when he gave an interview to Good Morning Britain and claimed, among other things, that his daughter might become pregnant soon because she has “wanted children for a long time.” Shush, Daddy Markle! This is private information! Meghan has not commented on her father’s statement, presumably because she has to deal with more pressing concerns, like having to wear pantyhose for the rest of her life.