I am an angry woman. And I am not alone.
For me, the current cycle of anger started with the women’s U.S. Open final last month. Instead of getting to marvel at the prowess and majesty on display, millions of us witnessed sexism on one of the world’s largest stages when Serena Williams was penalized for speaking tersely to the chair umpire.
Call it the Trump defense.
When Bruce Michael Alexander was arrested on suspicion of groping a woman on an airplane, he reportedly told FBI agents that President Donald Trump “says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by an unpopular president who won 3 million fewer votes than the runner-up. He was confirmed by a Senate majority that represents a minority of the country. He was confirmed despite most Americans telling pollster after pollster they did not want him seated on the Supreme Court.
As a new monument is set to be dedicated to the military service of women in New York on Saturday, veteran advocacy groups accuse the Trump administration and the current leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs of stonewalling a change to the agency’s “outdated and sexist” mission statement.
There is an epidemic of violence against women in this country. Yet there is not one single GOP co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018.
On Monday, female activists at an airport in Washington, D.C., approached several Republican senators ― including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ― to ask questions about sexual assault and Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee who’s been accused by three women of sexual misconduct.
The men were less than thrilled.
Even before Christine Blasey Ford delivered her controlled but explosive testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, college-educated white women like her represented a rising threat to Republican prospects in the November election.
In Washington, Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was the eye of a hurricane, a quiet and still moment at the center of the #MeToo storm that has swept across the country since last fall.
People in the nation’s capital focused on how her words might affect the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court or the midterm elections in November.
But for ordinary women around the country, it was a moment to listen to a woman, just like them, as she sat before a mostly male Senate committee to relive the most traumatizing experience in her life.
It’s often been said that #MeToo is the product of listening to women—but this morning’s hearings began with a man interrupting the very first woman to open her mouth.
President Trump’s frustration with Omarosa Manigault Newman’s ongoing promotional campaign for her new book bubbled over Tuesday morning. After tweets on Monday disparaging Manigault Newman as untrustworthy and incapable, Trump lashed out in nastier, more personal terms.