A success in her own right, Ivanka Trump recently said she was ready to serve in her father’s administration should he win the election in November, and her role might leave a few feminists miffed.
Trump, a mother of three, said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she was ready to serve as an advocate for women.
That includes celebrating the choices of women.
“Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for women and women’s issues, like child care. The cost of child care is incredibly onerous. In half the country, the cost of child care exceeds the cost of housing. It’s the largest expense for households. It’s not sustainable or appropriate,” she said.
Trump added that the phrase “working woman” is strange, explaining: “There’s a certain caricature that comes to mind. Yet that doesn’t exist for men. In fact, I’ve never heard anyone say ‘working man.’ Ever. Because there’s an assumption that they work.”
But that’s not to say women should work 100 hours a week.
“It may mean for some of us staying home and taking care of our children,” she said. “It’s about celebrating women and their personal choices.”
Feminists have fought long and hard for the “rights” of women, but when some women choose to put their families first, feminists cringe. For decades, leaders of the feminist movement claimed that one of the real causes of women’s oppression and dissatisfaction was the role of mother and wife. The movement fought for women to have the choice to work outside the home and effectively attacked motherhood.
But after decades of this kind of thinking, more women are coming to realize that choosing to stay home and care for the family is one of the most significant things a woman can do.
More importantly, there’s nothing wrong with it.
rump seems to understand that choice, and we need more people with this mindset in Washington.