Ivanka Champions Working Moms — Except For The Ones Who Work For Her

Ivanka Trump may call out other companies for not supporting women’s rights but her activism does not extend to her own workers.

Apparently, Ivanka Trump only champions women who don’t work for her.

On the last day of the Republican National Convention, Trump took to stage in a blush-colored dress made by her label and vowed her father would provide revolutionary support for working mothers.

“At my father's company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out,” Trump told the crowd at the RNC. “Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm.”

But the G-III Apparel Group, a brand licensing partner not run by Trump herself, but is contracted by the Ivanka Trump Brand to design and distribute her apparel — including the sheath she wore at the event — does not offer a single day of paid maternity leave.

A designer from the group, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job, said when she became pregnant last year, she had to use up her vacation days, then drain her savings and rely on her husband’s income after giving birth to her son.  

The United States does not require a company to pay parental leave by law and many families have to do without it when it comes to caring for their newborns.

However, it is surprising that the very company that bears Trump’s label does not adhere to these ethics especially in light of the Trump’s belief that all new mothers should have their workplaces’ support.




However, Trump’s personal company, which comprises 12 employees, does allow for an eight-week of paid absence after giving birth.

Trump may not be aware of G-III’s lack of paid leave, but if she is, it seems quite strange she has a contract with a company who does not care for parental rights.

When a question was posed whether Trump would appeal to G-III to change their policies, a spokesperson said, “She can only be responsible for her own business and try to set an example for others and she can’t control the policies of another company. Ivanka does deeply care about these issues and that is why she is continuing to use her platform to try advocate for better policies for American women and families.”

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