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Ivanka Trump, Alleged Champion of Working Women, Shows Us Where She Really Stands

She personally announced her father’s decision to roll back an Obama-era ruling that would have advanced equal pay. Thanks for having our back, Ivanka!


During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump was all in for working women, working mothers and working women of color.

“My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is color blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period,” she said.

“Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm. … (My father) will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him.”

How odd, then, that she fell in line with Daddy Donald’s decision to kill a planned Obama-era rule designed to advance equal pay.

What would have happened is pretty simple: Beginning in spring 2018, any business with 100 or more employees would have to report salaries along with existing federal reporting on racial and gender demographics.

Easy enough, right? But Neomi Rao, of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, claimed the rule would be “enormously burdensome” to those companies.

That dog don’t hunt: Since the companies already report employee information, they’d just need to organize it by pay.

Donnie Johnny’s business buddies were probably shaking in their expensive boots at the very idea. Why, if we told people what we paid men with families vs. those career gals, we might be sued for discrimination!

So the White House announced the rule rollback in a statement from Ivanka herself:

“While I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results. 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.”

Making nice with the business boys

Except that eliminating that gap would start with having real numbers on who’s getting paid what. Kara Alaimo, an assistant professor of public relations at Hofstra University, calls Ivanka’s statement “a kind of doublespeak.

“She claims to support equal pay – and has even tweeted about it – but the administration’s move will create an environment in which the opposite happens,” Alaimo said in an op-ed piece on CNN.com.

Even weirder: A Trump administration member told CNN that the president was going to keep the data collection rule intact. Alaimo suggested that dropping the policy might be a way of making up for “recent difficulties between the business community and the White House.”

After all, seven business leaders walked away from the president’s two business councils in August, in response to Trump’s suggestion that white supremacists and the protesters who showed up in Charlottesville were both to blame for the violence.

Two days later the president announced (through Twitter, of course) that he was dissolving both councils. Shortly after the president’s announcement three more executives issued statements explaining why they would have left.

Perhaps Alaimo is correct in assuming that this is Trump’s way of making nice with the business community: “Getting rid of the requirement to report pay is more in line with this administration’s aggressively pro-business policymaking.”

Ivanka: Stop telling us that you get it

Maybe the administration thought the announcement would sound more palatable coming from a woman. The administration is flat wrong. This story would stink no matter who told it.

At least we now know where Ivanka really stands: closest to the place where she can make money. Perhaps she always stood there, and just prettied it up with her comments about working families and fighting for the rights of the little people.

What’s particularly bitter for lower- and middle-income women: Her assertion in that convention speech that “as a mother myself, of three young children, I know how hard it is to work while raising a family.”

A woman whose net worth is $300 million, who can hire nannies and drivers and cooks and housekeepers, has zero business telling the rest of us “how hard” it is to be a working mom.

Then again, what do you expect? In her book “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules For Success,” Ivanka dropped this privileged little bon mot:

“I (believe) that passion, combined with perseverance, is a great equalizer, more important than education or experience in achieving your version of success.”

She’s as clueless as her father.

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