Some of the world’s leading ladies recently got in formation at the Women20 Summit in Germany—including America’s First Daughter.
Ivanka Trump was invited to Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel to attend the to address the gender employment gap. She was part of an absolute #SquadGoals panel that included Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Chancellor Merkel and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde—but that didn’t save her from the audience’s vocal critiques of her father’s treatment of women. Trump was jeered and booed during the discussion.
Group selfie time before the High Level Panel at in with Chancellor Merkel and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
— miriam meckel (@mmeckel)
Here are three main takeaway’s from Trump’s trip to Germany:
She clarified her role in the White House… kind of
Journalist Miriam Meckel, who moderated the panel, kicked things off by shining a big ol’ spotlight on the elephant in the room: Ivanka’s v. vague White House role. “Germany is not familiar with the concept of a First Daughter,” Meckel said to Trump. “What is your role and whom are you representing: your father as the president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”
“Certainly not the latter,” replied Trump, smiling. The First Daughter-businesswoman-assistant-to-the-President explained that the exact responsibilities of the latest role in her multi-hyphenate title are still unclear to her, being just under 100 days into the position. Trump described her new White House gig as an opportunity to take on issues like the U.S.’s lack of paid parental leave. She also explained that the role allows her to attend events like the W20 Summit to “engage in dialogue, to learn the advice, to bring the knowledge back to the United States, to both my father and the President. Hopefully that will bring about incremental positive change, that is my goal.”
She identifies as a feminist
During the panel discussion, Meckel asked the global leaders to raise their hands if they considered themselves a feminist. “I do label myself a feminist and I think about that in very broad terms,” Trump later said. “I think of that as believing in the social, political and economic equality for all genders.” She added that the title has taken on negative connotations for some and encouraged discussion with people of opposing views saying, “There’s obligation upon us and upon all women to support and to hold each other up and to be inclusive.”
“I do label myself a feminist,” Ivanka says, while adding that the label can carry a “negative” or “loaded” valence.
— Lindsay Gellman (@lindsaygellman)
She still says her dad/POTUS is a champion of women
While Trump’s fellow panelists nodded along with her points about the need for more women in STEM and the role that technology plays in levelling the playing field for women, few were on board for Trump’s attempt to hold her father up as a champion of women. “[President Trump] has been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” the First Daughter said, eliciting boos from the audience. Moderator Meckel stepped in and asked her to respond to the numerous controversies around her father’s treatment of women. In response, Trump stood by her father (and his rhetoric) and said that those accusations have been perpetuated by the media but those that know POTUS personally, know he’s a standup guy. “I know from personal experience and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man,” she said.