Complicit

Ivanka Trump raises eyebrows by removing 5 words from her Twitter bio

Ivanka Trump (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Shortly after the 2018 Women’s March, which saw hundreds of thousands of women rally for gender equality and protest President Donald Trump in cities across the country, Ivanka Trump appeared to finally abandon her self-professed feminist persona. Following the mass protests, Ivanka modified her Twitter bio, which had long described the first daughter and senior White House adviser as an “advocate for the education and empowerment of women & girls.” The updated bio now describes her as “Advisor to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship.” The “empowerment of women & girls,” it appears, is no longer — assuming it ever sincerely was — part of Ivanka’s agenda. Unsurprisingly, users on social media were less than impressed — even if a few thanked her for finally being “honest with herself.”

Since her father (who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women) became president, Ivanka has been targeted by feminists who believe she is “complicit” in supporting her father’s attacks on abortion rights, the gender pay gap, minorities, and the transgender and LGBT communities. In recent months, the first daughter has also taken heat for her continued silence on the #MeToo movement and drawn scrutiny for her purported presidential ambitions. Even when she did send out a tweet in support of Time’s Up, a Hollywood initiative aiming to empower women in the industry and curb sexual assault by men in power nationwide, she faced criticism from many who felt she was hypocritical given the allegations against her father. It’s sad to think about, but just a year ago women and artists were hopeful that Ivanka might be able to reign in her father’s darker tendencies. With hindsight, those hopes seem like a pipe dream.

Read the full story at TIME.

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