One of Donald Trump’s First Executive Orders As President Directly Pertains to Women’s Rights
Despite the best efforts of the millions of women and men that marched around the world for women’s rights on Saturday, President Trump (who acknowledged the marches via Twitter) has signed his first executive orders, and guys? You’re probably not gonna like it.
The President has reinstated an inactive policy put into play more than 30 years ago known as the “Mexico City Policy” or the “Global Gag Rule” that prohibits the United States from giving funds to international nongovernmental women’s health organizations if they offer abortion services or even suggest it as a viable healthcare option to be performed elsewhere.
It’s a far more restrictive policy than the one that has been in place since 1973: Known as the Helms amendment, the old policy already prevents these organizations from using any US funds towards the actual procedures of abortions. These new restrictions will cut them off entirely; leaving them unable to offer even basic health services, such as family planning or STD prevention/treatment.
With Planned Parenthood citing the US as the world’s largest donor with regard to global women’s health (we currently spend roughly $600 million per year on such programs, giving 27 million women access to care they would otherwise likely not receive), this has hugely far-reaching consequences for women’s rights not only in the US, but the world.
Though President Trump is certainly not the first to implement the rule — it was originally put into place by Ronald Reagan and upheld by George H. W. Bush before being repealed by Bill Clinton, brought back by George W. Bush, and repealed by Barack Obama as one of his first acts in office — it DOES feel like somewhat of a slap in the face following this weekend’s events.
Other orders put into play today included a hiring freeze and a withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Get ready, y’all: It’s going to be a controversial four years.
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(h/t Huffington Post, photos via Nicholas Kamm/Getty + Planned Parenthood)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)