Ivanka Trump shared the stage Tuesday with some of the world’s most powerful women, representing the United States at a meeting of female business leaders.
But during a panel discussion that also included her host, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Ms. Trump was jeered by members of the audience when she lauded her father for supporting paid-leave policies.
Ivanka Trump’s personal brand, upcoming book and burgeoning position on the world stage have all been based on her image as a do-it-all feminist and working mother.
That powerful package has resonated in some parts of the world, like China, where the first daughter is worshiped by young women infatuated with her looks — nary an errant hair, a perfect outfit rarely repeated — and awed by her apparent ability to juggle family and career.
Judging from her mixed reception here, European women are more incredulous about Trump’s brand of feminism and her attempts to reconcile her own moderate politics with her father’s fierce conservatism.
“I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” she said,calling him “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”
“You hear the reaction from the audience,” she said. “I need to address one more point — some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empowerer for women.”
I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated,” she said, drawing laughs from the audience.
“As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level,” Ivanka Trump said. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and tenacity. That’s not an easy thing to do; he provided that for us.” She said that her father treated her exactly the same way he treated her two brothers, who now run the family business. “There was no difference,” she said.
Politics is politics, as I’m learning,”“My father is a champion for all Americans — women, of course…. I think the fact that he’s embraced my interest in taking on this role shows that he aligns with the interests I most deeply care about and advocate for. Otherwise it wouldn’t make for a very good family dynamic.”
She insisted that the president has been a “champion of women” throughout his career.