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Ivanka’s Departure, Without Replacement, Will Hurt Women

Noam Haykeen, Prowler Columnist

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I immigrated to America at the age of four. As I grew older, I became accustomed to viewing the American political system in a positive light. My parents discussed events such as President George W. Bush’s support for President Obama after the 2008 election (despite their political differences), and Obama appointing his former rival, Senator Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State.

Politics in America appeared to be handled with elegance.

But the 2016 Republican Convention changed my outlook. It was filled with hate. People advocated for anti-immigration policies and for Secretary Clinton to be  “[locked] up.”

I was appalled and unable to fathom how a national party convention could be so vulgar. I feared for America’s future. I feared what might lie ahead.

Ivanka Trump’s speech, however, gave me some hope. When she promised that her father’s administration would fight for equal pay for equal work and make quality child care accessible and affordable for all, I had more confidence in America’s future. I imagined that under a Trump Presidency, at least some positive policies would get implemented.

Sadly, a recent Politico report indicating that Trump is reconsidering Ivanka’s role in the White House is worrying. There is no one else in the White House who will fight to execute Ivanka’s pledges, which were about addressing the struggles that everyday Americans experience.

As the Los Angeles Times states, 46 percent of parents have said that caring for their children caused them to leave their jobs. Additionally, 7 percent of parents expressed that they were “encouraged to leave” their occupation because their schedules were affected by their children.

And, as we know from Business Insider, women in America earn 79 cents on average for every dollar a man earns. Women over the age of 65, moreover, earn less in all fields, in comparison to their male counterparts.

Yes, these phenomena are occurring in 2017. While many express gratitude for the progress of gender equality, the numbers prove that we are far from acceptable results. It is astonishing to realize how child care and the preposterous gender pay gap affect women nationwide.

So Ivanka’s promises should be vital to every person who believes in equality between the genders, to every person who is an anti-chauvinist, and to every person who stands up for women’s rights.

Dr. Lise Spiegel, a psychologist in Los Angeles, stressed the importance of young girls having a female role model in a high-ranking position — especially in Trump’s cabinet, where there are only four positions held by women.

While it is true that Ivanka has been plagued by scandals, such as using a private-email account for her government work, her departure will leave millions of women without a voice or a role model in the White House.

Don’t get me wrong: I am not a big supporter of Ivanka. But still, if she is preparing to depart, a strong, values-driven woman needs to replace her. It is critical to have at least one high-powered person in this administration who advocates for women’s rights.

It is clear that Trump himself will not make an effort to put someone in Ivanka’s position. He does not regard women’s rights as something important. The “Access Hollywood” tape, where he bragged about sexually assaulting women, proved just that. So it is crucial for Chief of Staff John Kelly or Andrew Bremberg, the director of the Domestic Policy Council, to convince Trump that Ivanka’s absence will leave a hole.

When women succeed, our country flourishes. Having Ivanka leave her position without a replacement is irresponsible and inconsiderate for the millions of Americans who rely on Washington to improve their daily lives.

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One Response to “Ivanka’s Departure, Without Replacement, Will Hurt Women”

  1. Ms. Groen on October 17th, 2017 11:01 am

    Noam, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. I’m intrigued. Could you speak to whether Ivanka has any power in her position and can act on the promises she has made? In other words, is she really a role model, or just a model?

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