So what is a feminist? And why do people shy away from admitting they are proponents of women? Even women are hesitant to say they are feminists. That’s a mind-boggling thought to me. I’m proud to admit that I will stand up for women and their rights in our society and other cultures around the world. Not only in one set of economic standards, but for women with varying financial backgrounds.
But you have to start at home. Young women may have children or not have children, the choice is theirs. Birth-control is a necessary health care benefit that helps them to get ahead in the business world. If they do already have children, they need day care for their children. A mother’s job is not easy.
Ivanka Trump is attempting to put together a fund to support female entrepreneurs around the world. She has said, “The statistics and results prove that when you invest in women and girls, it benefits both developed and developing economies.” Sounds like a wonderful and encouraging statement, but it’s not. It’s a smokescreen statement that means nothing when in reality, the person saying it will not come out with distinct statements supporting women’s rights.
Ivanka Trump met with Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood in April to discuss what Planned Parenthood is about. Apparently, she was unaware of the behind the scenes logistics of this organization and needed to be filled in on exactly how Planned Parenthood operates. She still remains silent on the topic although she has told news media she has told her father privately how she feels. That means nothing. Absolutely nothing. Those are words, Ivanka Trump. Words that you are not backing up with reality.
She also had a plan that was backed by Democrats for affordable, accessible childcare with tax credits (although the tax credits were not as beneficial for lower tax brackets). We are still waiting.
So the point of all this is what does Ivanka Trump do in the White House? She talks beautifully. As she should, she is well-educated. She calms Daddy down. She’s Daddy’s little girl. She’s being sent as an envoy without the explicit knowledge needed for this job around the world. She admitted that she didn’t have the knowledge she needed at the Women’s Summit in Berlin when she said she hoped to garner as much knowledge as possible from being invited as a participant.
So instead of starting with the people that voted her father in, middle America and blue-collar workers, those who put their hopes and dreams in someone who told them that they would bring America back, she is aiming her goals at entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs deserve help, too, yes. But how many entrepreneurs voted for Trump? Who needs help more? People with college educations with start-up businesses they have created or people in the rust-belt who are on unemployment and believed that the coal factories and/or their jobs were being brought back? Citizens of our country who need to simply put food on the table, pay their rent/mortgage, find affordable daycare and have affordable healthcare that answers their needs and maybe go out once a month if it’s in their budget?
Ivanka Trump needs to look not at the wealthier, although these are who are in her immediate circle, so that’s who she is accustomed to seeing. She needs to address the entire country she lives in and actually work with them. Not give them lip service. She has a chance to actually do some good for the people, but she isn’t. She is following as Daddy’s Little Girl.
No one can diagnose her as a narcissist by seeing her actions only. But Ivanka Trump shows no empathy for those truly in need of help. There are women in America in dire straights who need Planned Parenthood. After meeting with the President of Planned Parenthood in April, Ms. Trump still wants to develop and raise money for women who are entrepreneurs? She isn’t talking about Planned Parenthood and the women who depend on the services they provide. Why? We’ve all seen her angry when an interview didn’t go her way (Cosmopolitan). This is what happens when you are the daughter of POTUS. You are asked questions. You need to answer them with grace and style. But if parts of Daddy are in you, well, maybe you can’t. I don’t believe she can recognize what little America wants or needs. If she could, she would have done something for the hurting people of America by now. She wouldn’t be selling clothes that she makes in another country and ships here for prices that many Americans cannot afford. She would be attempting to help the women of America in some way that hits home. But she is not.
I’m still waiting, Ivanka Trump. You have an opportunity as the daughter of POTUS. You took this “job” in the White House. Make it worthwhile instead of being fodder for the press. Make your 4 years legendary as a woman who made strides for women, who someday women will actually look up to, not down on. You are an intelligent woman who has the financial means, the backing and now the power to actually create projects that will benefit more people that need them right now and will benefit from them for generations to come. Make all women proud of you, not just a select few in your immediate financial circle. Start at home and look at your father’s constituents. Ask them what they need. That might help you devise programs for your own country that benefit the right people. If this is something you are emotionally capable of doing.
Don’t be afraid to come out and actually do the work behind your words, Ivanka Trump. That’s what a true feminist does. Because as of right now? You’re still Daddy’s Little Girl.
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