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Nearly every day, there’s an image like this coming out of the White House.
Men standing around the Oval Office, sitting at a table drinking iced tea, casually signing away reproductive health options for women around the world.
The Trump White House is a world without women. Not since Ronald Reagan in 1980 have there been so few appointed to a president’s first Cabinet.
Why this matters: When women aren’t around, they’re forgotten and left out. The remaining few get treated weirdly and/or badly. Things like this Kellyanne Conway incident happen.
That photo up top? That’s Trump meeting with the chief executives of America’s largest health insurance companies. Do you think they were engaged in a heated conversation about women’s health or about how Trump can safeguard provisions in the Affordable Care Act that make birth control affordable?
Fun fact: Before the health care law passed, these guys used to charge women more money for health care than men. Why? Because vaginas are more complicated, apparently. Over and over, we learn that when women aren’t at the table or in the room ― we…