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Donald Trump’s Answer To Women’s Issues: Call Ivanka!

Ivanka Trump and women's issues

It remains to be seen what role Ivanka Trump will play in her father’s administration, but the early signs are that she’ll have a hotline to the Oval Office.

In a recent report by The New York Times speculating about Ivanka’s position in the White House, it revealed a telling detail about Donald Trump’s former co-star on The Apprentice.

Donald Trump and Ivanka on The Apprentice

When Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, called Donald Trump shortly after the election, they talked about domestic policy and infrastructure, reports the Times.

But when Ms. Pelosi raised the specific subject of women’s issues, the president-elect did something unexpected: He handed the phone over to another person in the room — his 35-year-old daughter, Ivanka.

He used the same strategy throughout his campaign, counting on Ivanka’s polished presence to draw support from female voters. Her speech at the Republican National Convention was one of the only times the Trump campaign specifically addressed policies designed to benefit women, such as paid leave and affordable child care.

The Times notes that people such as Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In fame and Anne-Marie Slaughter, who’s also advocated for women’s equality in the workplace, have reached out to Ivanka hoping to start a “dialogue” about women’s issues in the Trump administration.

“She is really serious about the ‘care agenda’ and can be a strong inside force,” Sheryl said. (She also pointed out, “I don’t know anyone else.”)

Activists involved with the “Dear Ivanka” Instagram account site, which juxtaposes glamorous shots of Ivanka with concerns from people who feel that they will be marginalised under a Trump presidency, list similar reasons for appealing to daughter in lieu of father.

“[She’s] always had a very good head on her shoulders, she’s always been a really kind person,” says socialite Arden Wohl, who’s known Ivanka for years.

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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