Ivanka Trump’s promise of support for working mothers does not apply to Ivanka Trump
She talks the talk, but she doesn’t walk the walk. And she refuses to talk about it because that’s how Trumpism works: contradict your statements and promises and then refuse to comment. Danielle Paquette reports in the Washington Post:
On the last day of the Republican National Convention in July, Ivanka Trump strode across the stage in a blush-toned dress from her namesake label. Then she shattered party norms, pledging that her father would revolutionize support for working mothers.
“Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties,” she declared. “They should be the norm.”
The eldest Trump daughter, 34, has built her personal brand around this cause, penning a book called “Women Who Work” and leading the family-friendly policy charge on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But the company that designs her clothing line, including the $157 sheath she wore during her convention speech, does not offer workers a single day of paid maternity leave.
As Trump delivered her prime-time speech, a fashion designer for the G-III Apparel Group watched from her home in New York City and rolled her eyes. The employee of nearly four years, a registered Republican who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job, said she became pregnant last year and was dismayed to learn the company allows just 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the legal minimum for employers with more than 50 workers. So, she burned her vacation days, drained her savings and then relied on her husband’s income after giving birth to her son.
“It’s hard enough emotionally to come back to work right after having a baby,” said the designer, who works for another brand at G-III. “But to know you’re returning to a company that doesn’t value your choice to be a mother makes it harder.”
Trump signed a licensing agreement with G-III in 2012, granting the company rights to design and distribute her clothing line, including dresses, suits and jeans. (Marc Fisher Footwear produces her shoe line.)
At the time, she released a statement saying, “G-III has distinguished itself as a trusted partner for some of the world’s finest and most visible brands. We are confident that they share our vision for the future of our brand and business and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
In July, Sammy Aaron, vice chairman of G-III, told Forbes that Trump is “very involved on a weekly basis” in the design process. Yet, the company’s policy breaks from Trump’s public stance on how businesses should support working moms.
G-III did not respond to The Washington Post’s repeated requests for comment. However, five past and current employees separately told The Post the company has no paid parental leave. One provided a document that she identified as G-III’s employee benefits. “Family MEDICAL Leave,” the document states, becomes available “after 1 year of employment. Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave (in accordance with Federal and State laws).”
Through a spokeswoman, Trump declined to comment for this story. A representative for the Ivanka Trump brand — her own 12-employee company, pitched as “the ultimate destination for Women Who Work” — noted that the business offers eight weeks of paid leave to new mothers.
“I think parental leave is enormously important — and it’s a personal decision,” Trump told Business Insider in March. “Part of building a company whose goal is to empower women in all aspects of life is that I’ve given my team some leeway to determine what parental leave looks like for each of them individually.” . . .
Parental leave apparently is not so important to Ivanka Trump as she pretends. But it’s difficult to know for sure: she won’t comment. Promises, but no answers to questions. Typical of the Trumps.
And, BTW, is 12 weeks of unpaid leave the best the US can do? Why isn’t Congress mandating 12 weeks of paid leave? (I know: GOP controls Congress and the GOP does not support working mothers. GOP candidates say they do, but when questioned, refuse to comment.)