The Trump administration is reportedly axing a rule that required companies to collect data on racial and gender wage gaps, an Obama-era policy that had been previously been supported by first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump. In a statement, Ivanka responded to the news by saying that she while she still believes “transparency is important,” she had been convinced that collecting data on the wage gap would not help to eliminate it.
Ivanka traveled with her father to Missouri on Wednesday, where President Trump gave a speech promoting a plan, which lacked any substance, to cut corporate tax rates. In his remarks, Donald Trump thanked Ivanka and told the crowd that the cuts would “include helping parents afford child care and the cost of raising a family.”
“That’s so important to Ivanka Trump. Very, very important to everybody in this room, but so important to my daughter,” said Trump. “I’m very proud of Ivanka.”
Writing for The Guardian, Jessica Valenti was less effusive in her praise of the first daughter. Valenti noted that it was strange that Ivanka, who has led a “Women Who Work” campaign and repeatedly claimed on social media that she’s focused on women’s economic empowerment, would accept such a blow to her supposed interests without so much as a word of complaint. Valenti also observed that Ivanka’s previous attempt at ‘saving’ Planned Parenthood had been limited to asking the organization to stop providing abortions. The first daughter has pushed back against suggestions that she’s been “complicit” in some of the more controversial aspects of her father’s policies, a notion that she is only bolstering with this latest acquiescence.
Speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York City in April, Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards condemned Ivanka, saying that “anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the cross hairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration.”
Luckily for Ivanka, at least her dad’s still proud of her.