05 Mayo 2017 11:46
It may seem a little odd that someone born into a family worth billions deems herself qualified to give advice to normal working women on how to manage finances and family. It's not so much that the author's perspective should be discounted because of who her father is; the problem is more that Ivanka Trump is a White House adviser and, consequently, a prisoner of her father's mindset.
Women Who Work is Ivanka's second book. In 2009 she published The Trump Card, a pseudo-feminist work that does its best to make the author seem likable and easy to identify with. The Trump Card is not terribly revealing, but it does give hints of her thinking: at one point she recounts the catcalls she got from construction workers growing up, then explains that these men would catcall anyone 'as long as she was chromosomally correct.' She advises 'separating the real harassment from the benign behavior that seems to come with the territory.'
For this reason – as well as others so shrewdly outlined by Scarlet Johansson – it comes as no surprise that many reviewers have accused the book of being a hypocritical exercise in extending the Trump brand.
Because, despite describing herself as an empowered, hard-working feminist, Ivanka Trump's actions and unwavering support for her father would seem to place her light-years away from the values she claims to be promoting.