"Should be the norm”

The women who design Ivanka Trump’s clothing line don’t get paid maternity leave

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Ivanka Trump has made women’s issues a central part of her effort to convince Americans to vote for her father, Donald Trump, in the presidential election this fall. At the Republican National Convention last month, she promised that her father would push for policies that would make life easier for working moms, and said that “policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties — they should be the norm.”

But Trump, 34, runs her own fashion line produced by a company that does not offer paid maternity leave to her own employees, like the employees who designed and made the dress she wore on stage at the convention that evening. The company, G-III Apparel Group, allows 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which is what the federal government mandates a company with more than 50 employees must offer new moms.

“It’s hard enough emotionally to come back to work right after having a baby,” a designer who works for another brand at G-III told The Washington Post. “But to know you’re returning to a company that doesn’t value your choice to be a mother makes it harder.”

Trump’s line, known as the Ivanka Trump brand, offers eight weeks of paid leave to its female employees. The company has 12 employees total. G-III has a license to design and distribute Trump’s clothing, however, and has said that Trump is involved on a weekly basis in the design and production of her clothing. Ivanka Trump, the brand, generated $100 million in revenue last year.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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