Through the course of her father’s campaign, Ivanka has failed to stand for women in four important ways.”>
While her father angrily fights a inundation of accusations, Ivanka Trump seems to be operating in another reality. In Pennsylvania on Thursday, she smiled and called her father a great daddy and a leader while dodging questions about about his alleged bad behavior.
But continued silence isnt an option for her.
Thats because Ivanka has been Donald Trumps chief defender when it comes to his treatment of women. With dignified pacify, shes denied previous accusations of harassment directed at her papa, justified his behaviour, and dismissed women whove spoken out about him. Shes been a polished, polite enabler.
Shes done this while positioning herself as a public spokesperson for professional women. She toldHarpers Bazaar, Im a huge advocate for women and womens issues. Her signature hashtag #WomenWhoWork is also a lifestyle brand, a website, and the title of her new book, through which she hopes to redefine what it means to be a modern working woman. On her website she writes, I want to inspire and empower women to architect the lives they love.
1. Dismissing Accusers
A May report in The New York Times, headlined Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private , quoted by name multiple women who detailed harassing behaviour at the hands of Donald Trump. The women described experiences eerily similar to the bragging claims Trump made to Billy Bush: grabbing their genitals, kissing them against their will, ogling them backstage. Reacting to the Times story, Ivanka proclaimed: Im not in every interaction my father has, but hes not a groper, blithely rejecting the experiences of these women.
She moved into victim-blaming when she told TVs Doctor Oz, who requested information about the unkind things Donald has said about females over the years, that her father, Can be a little rough with people once in a while, but it is often that they are coming at you first.
In other terms, dames, sons will be boys and you shouldnt have made this boy angry. The message to any woman who speaks out: Youre on your own.
2. Justifying Rough Behavior
In August, Donald Trump told USA Todays Kirsten Powers that if Ivanka were harassed I would like to think she would find another career or find another company.( This in response to a question about sexual-harassment charges leveled at Roger Ailes, the deposed Fox News chief turned Trump campaign adviser .)
Brother Eric told Charlie Rose, I dont think she would allow herself to be subjected to that because shes a strong powerful woman.
Ivanka herself told Fox News that harassment is totally inexcusable and needs to be dealt with on a company level. But she let her father and brothers chauvinistic stereotypes stand unchallenged. A true champ for women might have has pointed out that strength has nothing to do with getting harassed and women shouldnt bear the burden of changing tasks when theyre targeted by creepings. Now, with more females alleging harassment, one has to wonder what role Ivanka, a senior executive at the Trump Organization, has played in protecting her papa and a workplace culture that sounds anything but modern.
3. Selling Advocacy, #WomenWhoWork