The most memorable image of President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip abroad may very well be Melania Trump slapping her husband’s hand away, admits Barbie Latza Nadeau; however, the most significant images will be those that captured the moments when the women inhabiting Trump’s inner circle were “shut out due to accepted protocol that underscores the fact women are not equal in many parts of the world.”

“In Rome, there was that awkward moment Wednesday morning,” says Nadeau, “when the first lady stood rather uncomfortably dressed in black with her dark mantilla veil on her head in the grandiose corridor of the Apostolic Palace as her husband met with Pope Francis for 29 minutes behind closed doors.”

In Israel, of course, there was first daughter Ivanka praying solo in the separate section of the plaza in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem reserved for women, and in Saudi Arabia—”where women can’t vote, can’t drive, and live under the guardianship of men”—the first lady and the first daughter were “so obviously just window dressing to the event,” despite the fact that they refused to don head scarves.

“…the Saudi press have embraced Melania (and… Ivanka) for basically doing for the kingdom what they do for Donald Trump: provide the perfect cover for misogyny and tyranny by being beautiful, poised, and often silent,” feminist writer Anushay Hossain summed it up in an op-ed for CNN.

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