This Week in President Trump’s War on Women

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

This is the War on Women Report.


Since Our Last Report…

+ President Trump’s retaliatory tariffs on Chinese imports are predicted to disproportionately affect women and femme shoppers, especially poor consumers. While 26 percent of men’s clothing sold in America is made in China, 42 percent of women’s clothing is imported from the country, making the tariffs far more impactful for shoppers who buy traditionally feminine clothing. The prediction, reported by Business Insider, does not account for non-binary shoppers or people of any gender who shop for clothing that does not correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth. 

Monday, September 23

+ A federal appeals court Monday was divided on the issue of whether to uphold the Trump-Pence “domestic gag rule” prohibiting Title X funding of any health center that provides or refers patients to abortion care. According to the Los Angeles Times, 20 percent of 80 organizations have left the program providing care for low-income women since the rule went into effect, including more than 500 service sites and all of Planned Parenthood’s clinics.

+ In a disillusioning article published Monday, Guardian reporter Liz Ford revealed that the Trump administration reportedly sent a letter encouraging UN member states to oppose abortion rights. The letter, which called for its recipients to “protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unity of society,” appears to be the administration’s attempt to expand its repressive reproductive health policies on a global scale. It also pushed recipients to sign a joint statement in support of such reproductive health oppression.

+ Greta Thunberg, who has risen to international fame for her advocacy for climate change prevention, addressed the United Nations Climate Summit Monday—only to be met with a sarcastic Trumpian tweet. “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” he sarcastically posted after her serious speech before global leaders. “So nice to see!” Thunberg, who is only 16-years-old, has been subjected to intense vitriol—and she lives at a unique intersection of girlhood and neurodivergency, which makes it even more troubling.

Tuesday, September 24

+ In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, President Trump reminded the world of his hateful policies. He spent the majority of his 37-minute speech cynically co-opting human rights language while decrying the values they stand for.

Friday, September 25

+ One year ago today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the House Judiciary Committee with allegations that then-nominee and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh more recently was threatened with impeachment after new allegations from an investigation pointed to further misconduct. His appointment marked a turning point in Trump’s fight to take over the courts—one which will leave his anti-woman legacy in place far beyond his own tenure in the White House.

About and

Carmen Rios is the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. and has spent over a decade raising hell in feminist media. Her work has been published by outlets like the Atlantic's CityLab, BuzzFeed, ElixHER, Feministing, Girlboss, Mic, MEL and Everyday Feminism; and she also spent six years writing and editing for Autostraddle, was a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement and was the inaugural managing editor of THE LINE Campaign blog. Carmen is additionally a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine.