Donald Trump’s conduct both during his presidential bid and as has been documented going back decades has made him very unpopular with women. The Trump campaign has continuously struggled to made inroads with women voters.
The only constant in the campaign’s efforts has been Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. In fact, it has become quite obvious, that Ivanka is The Donald’s only response to women’s issues, be it maternity, professional, or his cabinet.
At the Republican National Convention, Ivanka introduced her father ahead of his acceptance speech. She spoke of her father’s support of women, particularly in his companies. She further said that “Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties,” she declared. “They should be the norm.”
Ivanka, Trump’s oldest daughter, has worked hard to build a personal brand around the cause. In fact, she even wrote a book about it: “Women Who Work.” And among her work on the Trump campaign has been taking charge of the family-friendly policy push.
One would think that Ivanka would be leading by example; that she has assured that her own clothing design company practices what Ivanka preaches.
As The Washington Post reports, it turns out, the company that designs Ivanka’s clothing line, including the dress that she wore and spoke of during her convention speech, does not offer its workers any — not a single day — of paid maternity leave.
According to The Post:
“As Trump delivered her prime-time speech, a fashion designer for the G-III Apparel Group watched from her home in New York City and rolled her eyes. The employee of nearly four years, a registered Republican who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job, said she became pregnant last year and was dismayed to learn the company allows just 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the legal minimum for employers with more than 50 workers. So, she burned her vacation days, drained her savings and then relied on her husband’s income after giving birth to her son.
‘It’s hard enough emotionally to come back to work right after having a baby,’ said the designer, who works for another brand at G-III. ‘But to know you’re returning to a company that doesn’t value your choice to be a mother makes it harder.'”
A spokeswoman for Ivanka declined to comment on the matter. However, a representative of Ivanka’s own company, the Ivanka Trump brand— a company which employs 12 people — stated that the company offers eight weeks of paid leave to new mothers. The company also provides for flex hours for parents.
G-III has a licensing agreement with Ivanka Trump which was entered into in 2012. Under the agreement, G-III obtained the right to design and distribute Ivanka’s clothing line, except for the shoe line.
According to The Post, at the time, Ivanka released a statement stating, “G-III has distinguished itself as a trusted partner for some of the world’s finest and most visible brands. We are confident that they share our vision for the future of our brand and business and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
The Post attempted to reach G-III:
“G-III did not respond to The Washington Post’s repeated requests for comment. However, five past and current employees separately told The Post the company has no paid parental leave. One provided a document that she identified as G-III’s employee benefits. ‘Family MEDICAL Leave,’ the document states, becomes available ‘after 1 year of employment. Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave (in accordance with Federal and State laws).
Trump told Business Insider in March that, “I think parental leave is enormously important — and it’s a personal decision. Part of building a company whose goal is to empower women in all aspects of life is that I’ve given my team some leeway to determine what parental leave looks like for each of them individually.”