Ivanka Trump — the eldest daughter of President Trump — either thinks we’re really stupid, or is completely clueless about her father’s policies.
April 4 marks Equal Pay Day, and an executive order Trump recently signed is now coming to light. On March 27, President Trump repealed an executive order put in place by former President Barack Obama that ordered all federal contractors to abide by 14 separate labor and civil rights laws.
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order was signed in July of 2014, and reiterated the federal government’s commitment to contracting with companies that honored generations-old laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the Family Medical Leave Act of 1933 (which covers maternity leave), the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, the Equal Employment Opportunity order of 1965 (which prohibits employment discrimination based on gender and other criteria) and other standard employment laws that have been on the books for years. After Trump’s repeal of that order, the federal government is free to contract with any company that ignores some or all of these laws.
Roughly one week after her father undid those protections for employees of companies contracting with the federal government, Ivanka Trump tweeted about how important it was that Americans work to close the gender pay gap, in which — according to Pew Research — women still earned just 83 to 90 cents of every dollar men earned for the same work in 2015.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 4, 2017
Of course, Twitter couldn’t help but point out that if she wants to actually do something about protecting women in the workplace, the First Daughter has an office literally a few steps away from her father’s office, in the West Wing of the White House. Other followers of the First Daughter tried to educate her about President Trump’s recent executive order, since Ivanka seemed to be unaware.
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) April 4, 2017
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) April 4, 2017
@IvankaTrump Tell that to your father. He doesn't believe in raising the minimum wage, is anti-union, & we all know how he feel about women's bodies
— B.L. Ochman (@whatsnext) April 4, 2017
@IvankaTrump "take this carrot!" don't watch as my family exploits powers for even more money.
— kat (@katpersists) April 4, 2017
Others pointed out that Ivanka Trump is far from a champion for women in the workplace, as her shoes are made by a Chinese company with a factory in Ethiopia, where she can get away with paying workers even less. As University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg’s Africa-China Reporting Project reported in January, Ivanka Trump orders shoes for her personal branded line from the Huajian company, which pays Ethiopians a little over $2 USD per day.
29-year-old Kidane Ketema is walking back and forth along a production line where leather cutting is done for sandal making. From 7 am in the morning to 9 pm at night, he collects and repairs damaged goods in a yellow uniform designated for quality control personnel. Kidane gets 1,400 Birr (about US$63) a month, with three meals a day and his communal fee covered by the company. However, Kidane is still not able to save any money for himself – except 600 birr for rent; supporting his elderly parents and helping his girlfriend and son has cost almost all his earnings.
@IvankaTrump America first, move your products back to USA then you can talk to us about equal pay. You and your family are damaging this country.
— Doretha Davenport (@msdee1672) April 4, 2017
— Mom,Veteran,Consumer (@Nikluk) April 4, 2017
— A Jol (@ImpeachAgentO) April 4, 2017
— Tabitha Goodwin (@tabithagoodwin) April 4, 2017
@IvankaTrump so do you pay equal wages to the people in your factories that make your crap?
— Carrie Larson (@getitdone51) April 4, 2017
In regard to respecting women, Ivanka’s tweet received numerous replies reminding the First Daughter that her father once bragged about sexually assaulting women, and that, as of today, she’s remained silent about it.
@IvankaTrump This is coming from a woman who didn't stand up for women against her dad who grabs women's genitalia & brags. I have no respect for her.
— Naina Jolie (@nainajolie) April 4, 2017
@IvankaTrump Stop trying to speak for women. You support a misogynistic sexual abuser & his cabinet full of men with contempt for women. Don't.
— Ana Paz (@anapazprado) April 4, 2017
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.