Last week, Ivanka Trump advocated on behalf of women and mothers at the Republican National Convention
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner: Donald Trump holds opposite view, historically discriminating and disparaging women
Editor’s Note: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is an author, radio host of “Breaking Through,” and executive director and co-founder of MomsRising.org, a nonprofit national organization that supports policies to improve family economic security. The views expressed are her own, and the organization is listed for identification purposes only.
To say Donald Trump does not have the best reputation when it comes to women is a huge understatement. He has a history of paying his female employees less than his male employees. Trump has also disparaged women of all backgrounds, referring to them as “disgusting animals,” “fat pigs,” “slobs,” “dogs” and other disrespectful and bullying epithets.
And yet, last week, Ivanka Trump stood up for women and mothers at the Republican National Convention, arguing in favor of equal wages for equal work, improved child care structures and paid family leave. But don’t be fooled. While Ivanka was right about these policies, her dad has taken the opposite approach: Flat-out discrimination against women and mothers.
If Ivanka wanted to support the candidate with a decades long record of supporting the very policies she raised at the RNC, then she’d be casting her vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
The reality is that Ivanka is not Donald, and Donald is not Ivanka. There should be no confusion between where Ivanka stands and where her father stands. After all, actions speak louder than words, and a recent report found the Trump’s campaign has paid men on his campaign staff one-third more than women, while the Clinton campaign has offered equal compensation.
Despite what Ivanka, who’s been a donor to many Democratic campaigns in the past, says, her father does not represent or hold the same values – and this extends far beyond campaign compensation. Donald has a proven track record of actively working against women.
Consider just a few of his public statements. In 1994, Trump said in an interview with ABC News, that “putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.” In 2005, he wrote on the Trump University blog that Trump Organization had no glass ceilings left for women to shatter. Female employees merely “perceived” the “glass ceiling looming overhead,” he wrote. And most recently, at a campaign event in 2015, Trump dismissed a child care policy question, saying, “It’s a big subject, darling.”