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Ivanka Trump introduced her father

He accepted the GOP presidential nomination

(CNN) —  

Ivanka Trump pitched her father, Donald Trump, to the nation’s female voters Thursday night, revealing a softer side of the billionaire businessman in a way that almost no other convention speaker has done so far.

His 34-year-old daughter regaled the crowd with childhood stories about Legos and his favorite adages, rounding out the image of the sometimes hard-edged politician that’s emerged over the campaign. And in the well-received, prime-time speech, she made a direct appeal to women, who are breaking in polls for rival Hillary Clinton.

Who said it: Ivanka Trump or Hillary Clinton?

After a week in which Republicans largely focused on Clinton’s deficiencies rather than on Trump’s attributes and personal story, Ivanka Trump offered a new window into the Republican nominee.

“If It’s possible to be famous and not really well-known, that describes the father who raised me,” she told the crowd.

Trump shared stories of working alongside her father, which included a special emphasis on the women that he promoted. She stressed his commitment to working moms and to childcare programs and to equal pay, topics that he himself rarely if ever hits on the trail.

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

Her remarks came just minutes before her father delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination.

Ivanka Trump’s turn on the stage was the most high-profile speaking slot of the Trump family this week.

She had previously admitted the weight of the moment is “intimidating” and “terrifying.”

“He’s totally left it up to me,” Ivanka said in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America this week. “I wish he’d give me input. But you know, I think he wants it to come from my heart. He says don’t worry, you’ll do a great job. So I’m trying to take that advice.”

Her speech caps a week of speeches from the Trump family – Melania Trump on Monday, Tiffany and Donald Trump, Jr. on Tuesday and Eric Trump on Wednesday.

Ivanka Trump saluted her father’s personal attributes – his “fairness,” his “kindness,” his “generosity” and his “compassion.”

She shared how Trump made his employees feel, recalling how he would use a black felt-tip pen to write notes to his assistants, and how people would leave his office “feeling that life could be great again.”

And she noted his work ethic in the real estate community.

“My father is a fighter,” he said. “He dug deeper. Worked harder. Got better. And became stronger.”

Eric Trump said Ivanka’s speech brings a different perspective than from the sons of the family, as she is able to highlight more of the doting father-daughter relationship.

“She does the princess thing very well and she’s immensely close with my father,” he told CNN’s Sara Murray Thursday in Cleveland.

It’s a prominent role that the mother of three has been playing since Day 1 of the Trump campaign.