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Jane Goodall responds to Ivanka Trump’s use of her quote in new book

By WITW Staff on May 3, 2017

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump released her new book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. Described by The New York Times’ reviewer Jennifer Senior as a, “strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes,” the book has garnered varied reviews, many centered around what appears to be Trump’s lack of organic advice. Drawing heavily on the words of prominent and famous figures to build her vision of success, among those cited is Jane Goodall, the widely-respected primatologist known for her passion for conservation and support of climate change initiatives — and a critic of President Trump.

“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” Trump quotes Goodall as having said. In a statement to The Washington Post, the 83-year-old researcher said she hadn’t realized that Trump had used one of her quotes in her book. “I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart.” Goodall said. “She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm.” While representatives of Trump have said that the book is, “not a political book” and that Ivanka, “included quotes from many different thought leaders,” who have “helped inform her viewpoints over the years,” Goodall’s statement is particularly timely.

Barely a week after the thousands of people marched on Washington to advocate action on climate change, Goodall, who has spoken publicly about her fears that legislation supporting conservation and other measures to protect the environment is threatened by the changes in the current administration, said that she hopes “Ms. Trump will stand with us to value and cherish our natural world and protect this planet for future generations.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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