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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2019. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2019. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

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The Week in Women: Which Democratic candidate called Trump a coward at one of his hotels?

By WITW Staff on March 26, 2019

JACINDA’S MOVEMENT
Inspired by their prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, who wore a black hijab when she visited with mourners shortly after the Christchurch shooting, non-Muslim women across New Zealand are wearing hijabs in solidarity with the nation’s grieving families.

Ardern’s compassionate response to the attack has been felt across the world. On Sunday night, a photo of her was projected onto Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa tower, the word ‘Peace’ written above it in both English and Arabic.

Though she’s often made it look effortless, the task of guiding her nation through this tragedy has been difficult for Ardern. “My job is to make people feel safe,” she told an Australian news program. “The idea that people currently do not, I find deeply distressing.”

MAY DAY
Britain’s Parliament has wrested control of the Brexit process from embattled Prime Minister Theresa May.

The development late Monday night followed the hideous sight on Sunday of 13 puffed-up party members — all of them male — descending on her country residence claiming they wanted to salvage her leadership, even though the group contained the same politicians in her party who have done the most to sabotage it.

The news has cleared the path for a vote Wednesday on alternatives to May’s plan — including potentially revoking Article 50 and reversing Brexit altogether.

AN IMPOSSIBLE WEIGHT
Meredith Watson last month became the second woman to accuse Virginia’s African-American Lieutenant Governor Justin E. Fairfax of rape.

What happened next revealed the unique stress endured by African-American women who decide to come forward about their sexual assault experiences. Watson’s claim sparked an intense backlash on social media, with people comparing her to the woman whose false accusation led to Emmett Till’s lynching.

In her courageous first interview since speaking out, Watson says, “I feel like I’ve been torn apart the most by my own community… You’re not supposed to betray your own race.”

NO TIME TO CHOOSE
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed into law a disgraceful bill that bans abortions as soon as doctors can detect a heartbeat.

A fetal heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which is before some women even realize they are pregnant.

Bryant’s justification of a law that effectively violates Roe v. Wade? “We will all answer to the good Lord one day.”

OFF THE DEEP END
The media hysteria continues over Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’s supposedly fake deep voice, which is being cast as an extension of the fraud she’s accused of committing.

Journalist Monica Hesse takes a different view. In a world where men’s voices are immediately respected while women’s are often criticized for being shrill, Hesse believes Holmes’s decision to modify how she speaks in an industry full of skeptical men is completely unsurprising — and perhaps even smart.

“She was allegedly running a scam,” writes Hesse, “and that scam required her to be seen as authoritative, competent, and visionary, in a world with a historically limited definition of what that looks like.”

A DEAFENING SILENCE
A woman’s Twitter thread went viral yesterday after she described a disgusting incident on her flight.

In the row behind journalist Joanna Chiu, a female teenager separated from her family was seated next to an older man. Even though she was studying, the man interrupted the girl to ask her about her career goals. Unaware that he was being listened to, he then said he wanted to take her out to eat. Then he asked for dirty photos.

When Chiu alerted the cabin crew, they asked the man to move. He wouldn’t. At that point, other female passengers intervened to say they’d noticed his actions too — while none of the men nearby said a word.

THERE’S MORE
Kirsten Gillibrand officially launched her presidential campaign this weekend, taking direct aim at Donald Trump. Using one of his gaudy hotels as a backdrop, she called him a ‘coward’ who is tearing America apart.

Devastating stories are emerging of mothers returning to their ruined homes in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai. At our 10th annual Women in the World Summit in April, we’ll discuss whether women can rescue a dying planet.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has backed Elizabeth Warren’s plan for governments to tax big tech firms, who easily skirt “outdated” rules.

A vegan social media influencer was photographed eating fish, enraging both her fans and her plant-based sponsors.

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