Take a look at this picture:
And now look at this one:
Notice something different?
In the first image, secretary of state Hillary Clinton is seen covering her mouth as she watches CIA director Leon Panetta narrate the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. In the second, she’s gone—along with the only other woman in the room, counterterrorism analyst Audrey Thomason.
After the story blew up earlier this week, the Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung kinda-sorta apologized in a letter that ran in the Washington Post:
In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status… Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.
I wonder how the most powerful woman in America—and a fierce advocate for the rights of women and girls worldwide—feels about being erased from a historic photo based on her gender?