A Feminist Trump?

Does Ivanka really support women who work?

Ivanka Trump supports her father through every decision he makes.

Courtesy of Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Ivanka Trump supports her father through every decision he makes.

Amanda Chung, Photojournalist

There’s no denial that Ivanka Trump, the first daughter, is a powerful business woman; however, does she wish the same success upon other women in the work force? Her whole brand seems to paint her as a feminist icon, someone who created dresses, handbags, and jewelry to empower working women. She claims to “advocate paid family leave… [but] contracted out the designs of her clothing line to a firm that offered zero weeks of paid maternity leave” (Chicago Tribune).

She also claims to support equal pay for women. She even went as far as posting on her Instagram on Equal Pay Day this year, saying that “it is the responsibility of all Americans to come together in pursuit of equal pay.” However, her actions completely contradict what she supposedly advocates. Just a few months ago, her father, the president of the United States, decided alongside his administration to block a data-collection requirement that was proposed by the Obama administration in 2016. This Equal Pay Initiative was erected to address pay disparities among workers of different groups which would require businesses to “collect salary data sorted by employees’ gender, race, and ethnicity” (Business Insider).

Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, says that this initiative is “enormously burdensome” for businesses, and that she didn’t think it would be an effective policy (Fortune). Ivanka Trump agrees with Rao, despite her previous statements that made her out as an advocate of equal pay. “Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”

Ashley Bui Tran (11) has always been able to see through Ivanka Trump’s fake facade. She isn’t surprised that Ivanka is defending her father, because she has already done this before, multiple times. She thinks that “Ivanka is not a feminist because if she were, she would admit that her father’s words and actions are wrong instead of defending his blatantly sexist views.”

So far, the Trump administration hasn’t found a replacement for Obama’s plan. America is still waiting for a concrete plan to reduce wage inequality.