[Ads-l] "women of cover"

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Mar 16 14:52:29 EDT 2017


Popularized by President George W. Bush in an October 2001 press conference.  I don't immediately see anything earlier than that.


John Baker


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Subject: "women of cover"

This phrase has probably been around for a while, but it is new to me.

This morning I was at an interfaith meeting, chaired by the senior local iman.  One of the speakers was from Homeland Security (he was definitely NOT a Trump believer) and he gave a talk on what was being done about hate crimes.  In the talk several times he referred to women who for religious reasons kept their heads covered as "women of cover".

- Jim Landau

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