Ivanka Trump Delivers Speech at Japan’s World Assembly for Women…

At the invitation of Prime Minister Abe, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump speaks at the World Assembly for Women in Japan about female participation in the economy. [Transcript Below]

Thank you very much Prime Minister Abe, for that kind introduction. And thank you for your gracious hospitality to my family.

This is my first visit to Japan, and the warmth you have shown us, the beauty of your landscape, and the vibrancy of your culture are truly incredible gifts to all who come to this country. Yesterday evening, as I arrived in Tokyo, I was struck by the magnificence of the skyline – and this morning I was awed by the ancient beauty of the Imperial Palace. The wonders of this land are a testament to the creativity and resilience of the Japanese people.

It is an honor to join you today at the World Assembly for Women. I am grateful to be with this exceptional and passionate group of leaders to discuss the economic empowerment of women, to celebrate the progress our societies have made, and to chart a bold course for the future.

The economic empowerment of women has been a focus of mine for many years – ensuring that 50% of our population can fully participate in the workforce is critical to strengthening our communities and growing our prosperity.

That is why after my father’s election, I decided to leave my businesses and work in government to advance policies and initiatives that empower women to fully participate in the economy, if they so choose. Policies that enable women to pursue their careers and care for their families, policies that focus on workforce development and skills training, and policies that fuel entrepreneurship so that Americans can turn their aspirations into their incredible legacy.

Our societies are at a critical juncture – a moment of both great challenge and opportunity.
Over the last half century, women have entered every imaginable field, reached the highest levels of management, and now are leading some of the largest companies in the world.

We have discovered life-saving medical cures, traveled to space, and created transformative technologies. The women here today represent this historic achievement – and shine the light towards an even brighter future.

Here in Japan, 4 decades ago, 45 percent of women worked outside the home. Today, 66 percent of working-age women are in the workforce – a significant improvement, and one I know will only continue to grow in great measure due to Prime Minister Abe’s vision for Japan.

At the very heart of this vision is womenomics.

Womenomics recognizes the centrality of women, who represent roughly half of our global population, in achieving true economic growth. Women who are empowered to work, to thrive, and to lead bring immense creativity, fresh perspective, and success to our economy – and to the world.

When women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. Women are more likely than men to hire other women, to give them access to capital, mentorship and networks. Women have been shown to reinvest 90 percent of their income in their homes and communities, and tend to allocate more of their funds to food, healthcare and education-resources that benefit children and improve our societies for generations. When women work, they not only support themselves, but they create a better future for their families and their communities.

Currently, an estimated 49 percent of women across the world participate in the global workforce. If women close the gap with men in all aspects of work and society, it could add trillions of dollars to our annual global GDP over the next decade.

I deeply respect and honor women who choose to work inside the home full-time to care for their families. We never want to discourage that incredible calling, but we must also ensure that every woman has the freedom to work outside of the home – if they so choose.

Therefore, in order to empower women to reach our full economic potential, we must embrace four fundamental changes that will propel us into the future.

First, as leaders in both business and government, we must pave the way in modernizing the workplace.

While the percentage of working women has dramatically increased, corporate expectations have remained all-too stagnant.

Today, in the United States, women now comprise 47 percent of the workforce.
In the vast majority of American homes with children, all parents work – and in 40 percent of households, women are the primary breadwinners.

Yet, work environments and social institutions still largely operate on a single-earner mindset, in which one parent – traditionally the mother – stays at home to provide full time care.

All too often, our workplace culture has failed to treat women with appropriate respect. This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated.

Traditional and rigid corporate culture also fails working mothers – and fathers – who work long and often wildly unpredictable hours and get little time off.

Too many mothers dread telling their boss they must stay home to take care of a sick child – and many must go back to work just weeks after having a new baby – because they can’t afford not to.

Every day, working parents are forced to make hard but unavoidable choices.
I joined the government informed by my experiences in the private sector, having been both an executive leading an international real estate business and an entrepreneur who built a successful brand in an entirely different industry.

As a professional with three young children, despite the help I am able to have at home, I too experience the struggles of balancing the competing demands of work and family.

I, however, am far more fortunate than most.

Because of the opportunities I’ve been afforded my whole life, I felt an obligation to seize this moment and join the Administration.

I saw a chance to fuel the number of women owned businesses and grow our economy.
I saw a chance to work on behalf of girls in rural communities and inner cities who by learning to code or studying robotics could secure good-paying jobs in our modern economy.

I saw a chance to go to bat for the women who face the choice of staying home with a sick child or reporting to work at a job that might otherwise fire her.

Our workplaces and our public policies must mirror our values: work and family.
It is time for our societies to find new and innovative ways to make it easier for women to experience the joy of motherhood, without facing career setbacks. This isn’t a women’s issue – it’s a family issue. Yet it disproportionately impacts women who are most likely to leave the workforce or curtail our ambitions because we have no access to affordable care for our children and adult dependents.

Still, in the developed world, we are slowly seeing a movement toward a more equal distribution of responsibilities in our homes.Young fathers [ ]are increasingly contributing to housework and helping raise their children.

We have an incredible opportunity to adapt our workplaces to this modern reality.
Today, we can answer an email in the palm of our hand, take a call almost anywhere around the globe, work flexible hours in the gig economy and finish our work at home once we put our kids to bed.

The last decade has revolutionized the way we work – and now has the potential to deliver more flexibility to working women.

Already we are seeing increasing numbers of women leaving behind outdated work environments to start their own businesses from their kitchen tables. Today, women entrepreneurs are flourishing.

Fortunately, the private sector is recognizing the importance of modernizing the workplace. Businesses are instituting policies such as flex-time and paid leave, in part to attract and retain female talent.

Companies that have women on their boards generate a higher return on equity than those that do not, and outperform in times of crisis or volatility.

Integrating and empowering women is not just good corporate policy, it’s good business.
Second, in addition to changing the corporate culture, we must advance public policies that address the composition of our modern workforce.

In the United States, while single women without children make 95 cents for each dollar earned by a man, married mothers earn only 81 cents. Too many women in the United States are forced to leave the workforce following the birth of a child.

We must ensure that federal policies support working mothers and enable them to reach their full potential. This is how we will create an environment where closely bonded families can flourish and our economy can grow at unprecedented levels.

That is why in the United States, we are working to pass sweeping and long over-due tax reform that will afford families much needed relief. We are seeking to simplify the tax code, lower rates, expand the child tax credit, eliminate the marriage penalty, and put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans.

Our administration is working to address the high cost of childcare in the United States which currently outstrips housing expenses and state college tuition in much of the Country. It cannot be too expensive for the modern working family to have children.
I applaud Prime Minister Abe for expanding paid family leave here in Japan, an important step in addressing the modern challenges of working families and maintaining women’s attachment to the workforce.

This year, for the first time ever, the President’s Budget included a proposal to establish a nationwide paid family leave program. We know this will take time, but we are deeply committed to working with members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, to get it done and deliver more pro-family solutions to hardworking Americans.

Third, in this age of rapid technology, we must also confront the challenges of workforce development.

It is critical as we look toward the future, that we don’t allow women in the United States and around the world to be left behind by the 4th Industrial Revolution – a revolution that’s integrating robotics, computer programing, artificial intelligence, social media, and cutting-edge technologies into every aspect of our society.

As technology transforms every industry, we must work to ensure that women have access to the same education and industry opportunities as men.

Female and minority participation in STEM fields is moving in the wrong direction. Women today represent only 13 percent of engineers and 24 percent of Computer Science professionals, down from 35 percent in 1990. We must create equal participation in these traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy, which are among the fastest-growing and most lucrative industries in the world. Over the coming decades, technologies such as automation and robotics will transform the way we work, and we want to make sure that women can lead in the economy of the future. Otherwise, not only will we fail in closing the persistent gender wage gap, we will risk reversing the hard-fought progress we have made in this fight.

Several months ago, the Trump Administration instructed the Department of Education to prioritize STEM education, especially computer science, in our schools. The guidance we offered directed that these programs be designed with gender and racial diversity in mind.
At the direction of the President, I have worked closely with leadership across government Agencies to prioritize workforce development and proven on-the-job training programs like apprenticeships so that young women – and men – have more opportunities to earn while they learn, provide for their families, and master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century.

Finally, we must empower women who live in countries that prevent them from leading.
Across the world, there are still laws that stop women from fully participating in their nation’s economy.

In some countries, women are not allowed to own property, travel freely, or work outside of the home without the consent of their husbands.

Countries like the United States and Japan cannot be complacent. We must continue to champion reforms in our own countries while also empowering women in restricted economies.

That is why this summer, at the G20 conference, the United States and Japan were founding members of a bold, new initiative with the World Bank – the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative. This facility is the first of its kind to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries. It will provide access to the capital, networks, and mentorship needed to thrive and will dramatically impact the ecosystem of women’s entrepreneurship globally.

And we are just getting started!

As we gather in Tokyo today, I can’t help but think of some of the great women pioneers in this country who have inspired our generation.

Women like Yoshiko Shinohara

She survived World War Two, started as a secretary and went on to open a small business in her one-bedroom apartment. Her company grew into a world renowned business in over a dozen countries. Today, as you all know, Yoshiko is Japan’s first female self-made billionaire. Now, she helps young people afford the education they need to pursue their dreams and contribute to society.

Because of pioneers like Yoshiko, women in this country – and around the world – aspire to greater feats, climb to higher positions, and pave new pathways forward.

Today, we are redefining success. We’re discarding the old formula of the ideal woman-the ideal worker -the ideal mother. We are helping to shape a more realistic and complete picture of what it is to be a woman who thrives – and who helps her business, community and family do the same.

The fact is, ALL women are “working women.” Whether they make the commute to work each morning, or spend each day with their children at home, or some combination of both. Truth be told, on Sunday nights, after a messy and wonderful weekend with my children, I am far more exhausted than on Friday evenings, after a long week of work at the office. I deeply admire women who choose to work inside the home raising their children and respect this decision.

Eliminating or easing legal and cultural barriers so that more parents can make the choices that are right for their families is a core mission for our generation. We don’t label men “working men.” And it is my hope that by the time my daughter Arabella grows into a woman she will not be defined by whether she works inside or outside the home. She will simply be a woman, afforded the same opportunities as her male peers and equipped with the education and support she needs to fulfill her unique potential.

This is how I believe we will empower women – and in so doing, enable them to raise confident, empathetic, and ambitious sons and daughters, to propel unprecedented growth and job creation, and to cultivate a society that embraces the fullness of life, the dignity of work, and the gift of strong and flourishing families.

So today, I hope you will join me in imagining this future and working together to make it a reality- for our children, for our nations, and for the hope of a more vibrant and inclusive economy.

Thank you.

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74 Responses to Ivanka Trump Delivers Speech at Japan’s World Assembly for Women…

  1. The Jimmy Jack says:

    I do wonder why she offered no maternity leave from her own company for women if it’s something she feels is so important and long overdue.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Yes – that’s important.

      I worked for one company which was EXTREMELY balanced with men and women execs and bosses, as well as a good balance of employees. It was a real pleasure in that respect. No harassment, but a lot of employees married each other, because it was a healthy environment as far as HR stuff. Also a lot of real “diversity” without EVER talking about it, which was rather remarkable.

      Based on what they did right, I feel like the most important steps to getting and keeping top women and getting maximum performance are these things – which are FAMILY-FRIENDLY and can be made available to BOTH men and women without distinction:

      – super-flexible hours, including a wide lunch period, or work early or late

      – telework-at-home, including full time, part time, and flexible-time (VERY important), as well as long-distance for critical employees who would leave the firm otherwise

      – make accommodations for employees with young kids to work from home

      – strong IT support for off-site workers, teleconferencing, etc.

      Do these things, and you simply don’t lose top employees when they enter child-rearing years, and they stay loyal afterward. Family-friendly is the way to go.

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      • Angry Dumbo says:

        Excellent points, flexible hours are essential if you want to retain the excellent people you hire. Family is important, it is why we work.

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      • Daniel says:

        I’m going to go out on a limb to guess that the workplace didn’t involve jobs which are ‘dirty’ or dangerous or requires a lot of physical labor. Those are occupations which are predictably not at all “diverse” in terms of specific labor participants. It’s not likely or entirely that your company is doing it right as much as the business it is in.

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        • John Denney says:

          I’ve never seen or heard of a female plumber.

          There was a sign at the entrance to the women’s locker room at the gym:
          “There will be men working in the women’s locker room today.”

          Apparently they couldn’t find women to do the work.

          Could you imagine this sign at the entrance to the men’s locker room?:
          “There will be women working in the men’s locker room today.”

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  2. ladyfortruth says:

    I am very proud of her for doing what she is doing not only for women, but still taking care of her own family, which is VERY hard to do.
    She is TRUELY “Paying-It-Forward” by traveling and telling others what America is accomplishing!
    Thank you, Ivanka and God Bless.
    Thank you, Sundance, for giving us this story of success!

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    • Beenthere says:

      Ivanka’s children have a nanny. Who’s really taking care of her kids?

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      • Q&A says:

        Nanny or no nanny, kids know who their parents are.
        As to who’s taking care of her kids, that’s a pathetic argument stay-at-home moms use to put down working moms. I’ve seen it countless times. I had a stay-at-home mom who respected all moms, especially working moms because she knew how complicated the role was.

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  3. thesouthwasrght says:

    Personally speaking, I didn’t vote for Javanka and I rather prefer they GTFO of the West Wing. One of President Trump’s less than brilliant moves was placing that duo in any position of influence.

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  4. paulraven1 says:

    Ivanka, if women get any more “empowered” they’ll explode. Give it a rest.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      LOL!

      The part of feminism that I can’t stand are the demands for men not to be men. That’s not flying here – I’m going to be as annoyingly male as my genes will let me. Masculinity is toxic? Great – have another heaping truckload of the poison, m’lady! 😉

      But I have no problem with women being women, and worked for quite a few very happily. Of all kinds, too. In fact, I’m pretty sure I busted my ass harder for the women than I did for the men!

      Diversity includes conservative males with Grade AAA Ultra-Toxic Masculinity with straight, religious, and cowboy on top. Enjoy, feminists! 😎

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    • jeans2nd says:

      paul, that is not quite fair.

      This is the World Assembly, not the U.S Assembly.
      In Japan, women execs are 3% of the workforce. The Japanese culture still regards women as inferior.

      Now look at places like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and other third-world countries. There is so much brain-power being left behind.

      That said, the feminazis in the U.S. do not know when to quit, which should have been around 1975. They have beat that horse past death into nano-particles. Lord willing, they are being identified now as the greedy hypocrites that they are (Lisa Bloom) and will go the way of Harvey Weinstein.

      And if some of you men don’t quit becoming sissified by these wymyn feminzis, this world will never recover.
      They never consider that the wymyn feminazis’ real goal was to make those sissified men into real men 😉

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      • Excellent point. Her speech was on point for her audience. I’m thinking if she were at a US function, her points would be directed for that audience.

        She is a very elegant speaker.

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      • aredtailblog says:

        It’s not because Japan considers women inferior (and especially not in the manner that Saudi Arabia and the like treat women as inferior). It’s because Japan is an extremely traditional and extremely competitive country when it comes to being the best possible to bringing home money to your family. A man can’t just be proud to earn a living, he’s expected to rank among the top in his field.

        I can’t be enthused about whittling away at Japan sticking to it’s traditions either because the bottom line about Japan is that it’s a probably one of the most stable countries on the planet for being a traditional country that sticks to its guns. Low crime rates to the point that being a cop is boring, a homogenous culture that its people are proud of…

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          There are parts of Japanese culture where women rule the roost, and are not about to give up their power, too. I think you have it right – there is a very balanced asymmetry in Japan that people are actually happy with.

          Japan suffered greatly during its own, somewhat self-driven modernization, and it has a huge complex about that old conflict. I think the world owes them a whole bunch of BTFO.

          This is why Ivanka is perfect here – I think she GETS JAPAN. Japan wants to be modern, but not with cultural damage. Frankly, AMERICA could learn from THEM.

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    • Bl says:

      My thoughts exactly. I am a woman but this constant “empowering” turned into a joke a long time ago. If she is really serious about it, maybe she should go to Saudi Arabia and give them a speech about women. In West it’s actually men who are ostracized and demonized.

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  5. NJF says:

    Great speech. Loved the article about the special security detail they have for FLOTUS & Ivanka.

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  6. Daniel says:

    Let’s “empower women” so that women no longer feel the need to be with men. After all, if they want to raise a family, men are not necessary so long as there is “policy” in place that the government subsidize single mothers.

    Sorry. I just can’t get behind this social justice warrior woman. Women do not need “empowerment” as they are not discriminated against. Quite the contrary — women are preferred in so many things, in so many ways and are still today protected and defended in every way imaginable often to the detriment and derision of men.

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    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ivanka is speaking on a world stage. I daresay a woman facing stoning if she leaves her home unescorted is hardly empowered.

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    • Beenthere says:

      Regarding your 1st paragraph—- these government subsidize single mothers DO want to get married; they just don’t know how to go about finding good men to marry. They settle for the good-looking, local slackey without the marriage certificate because that’s what mom & grandma did. To an extent, they also lack self-discipline. This is an inter-generational & cultural problem. There’s no one answer & no one cure. Yet, you would be surprised what these kids could do with a decent education!

      Regarding your 2nd paragraph—- I guess you haven’t been reading recently about the “pigs” in Hollywood nor about the “pigs” in politics.

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      • Daniel says:

        As far as “women not knowing how to find good men” goes? It used to be a thing mothers taught their daughters and an example set by good fathers. The destruction of the family today is the direct cause of the problem you identify.

        As for Hollywood? I’m going to have to differ. I see no meaningful distinction between Hollywood and the rest of the adult entertainment industry. The term “casting couch” is a household word. Let’s not pretend we don’t know what it means or that other people don’t know what it means. And it is because of this as well as the breakdown/destruction of the family in the USA that morals are not taught and passed down to the newest generations.

        It’s key to point out that these professions are entirely voluntary except in cases where it is children pushed into the entertainment industry by their parents. Participation is voluntary. Their silence is voluntary. If they were uncomfortable enough, they would decide the industry isn’t for them. It’s a question of values at the end of the day — a job at Walmart or “fame and fortune” at the expense of a little penetration or humiliation here and there.

        It’s a marketplace. There are all manner of ‘costs’ involved and if they willingly wake up and show up on set after the director or producer or lead actor gets uncomfortably handsy? I’d say that decision is where the problem becomes LESS of a problem.

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        • G. Combs says:

          The destruction of the family…

          Was intentionally caused by LBJ! (and the Rockefellers)

          Where’s the Outrage over the Black Family Breakdown?
          “[…]Moynihan further noted there was an alarming trend in the number of black families headed by single women and the rise in illegitimate births among blacks. In 1964, 23.6% of black births were to unwed mothers today it’s 72%. Moynihan reminded us of what holds true today, when teenagers have children they are less likely to finish high school and climb the economic ladder.

          The unemployment rate for black teens in 1965 was 29%, today it’s 40%. Since the days of Johnson, Democrat policies like welfare have only worsened the problem for blacks by rewarding black women with taxpayer dollars for raising fatherless children.Moynihan’s report it reads like it was written yesterday rather than nearly 50 years ago. “In a word, the tangle of pathology is tightening,” wrote Moynihan. Indeed it is. The destruction of the black family is where blacks should be firmly directing their outrage not in hoodie protests “full of sound and fury” and achieving nothing.”

          https://www.city-journal.org/html/black-family-40-years-lies-12872.html

          The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: A Critical Analysis of Rockefeller Philanthropic Funding, 1920-1960

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          • G. Combs…
            While it’s refreshing to see the awareness of some of the major evil players in the nation, please allow me to point out the book states in the title 1920-1960… the destruction of the nuclear family began much earlier than the disgusting lbj years and was highly aided in demise by the bankster wars. All wars are bankster wars, but we just won’t allow ourselves to realize it once and for all.

            From margaret sanger to alfred kinsey, woodrow wilson to fdr, (and even further back to the 1860’s, but “revisionist history”) to league of nations-united nations, to edward bernays and what he coined as “public relations” but goebbels learned as propaganda we have all been being brainwashed and led to the precipice. They all worked to destroy the family, and create more “workers” by adding women to the workplace however possible, and not for the “betterment” of women by any stretch of the imagination. For greed, for power, and for control of the “masses”.

            Aristotle said quite correctly “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” Whether she knows it or not, Ivanka’s speech is accommodating the social engineering goals of the fake liberal mantra that is actually familial destruction based on economic warfare. And no, 99.9% of women are likely not nearly as fortunate as Ivanka, and as someone else pointed out, who is actually raising Ivanka’s children?

            The social engineering behind each of the aforementioned persons is all related. They are all part of a larger plot to achieve success at controlling the masses, and as far as I am concerned they are all evil to the core. Anyone who doesn’t think they realized and structured and manipulate the economy once the fed “reserve” was in place to force women out of the home and into often low paying and dissatisfying jobs isn’t thinking. Anyone who might wonder why, might not be either paying attention or thinking either. Following the road back to the root of these evils always points to one thing, and China is the model nation for it.

            One world totalitarian feudalism. Work shoes and combat boots for everyone!

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            • msmelchizadek says:

              The breakdown of the “family” actually occurred way long time ago… when the Father of Lies started a fight between Adam and Eve and their two dysfunctional kids… remember them? Murder in the first family!!! The devil’s been at it ever since!

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          • Cayce Maxwell says:

            “Currently, an estimated 49 percent of women across the world participate in the global workforce. If women close the gap with men in all aspects of work and society, it could add trillions of dollars to our annual global GDP over the next decade.”

            Who thinks like this??? Oh, my marriage and family are falling apart, we don’t have dinner together or spend time together, but the kids don’t mind because they are addicted to opioids and whatever else they can get their hands on, but I’m so blessed because I’m contributing toward adding trillions of dollars to our annual global GDP.

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        • aredtailblog says:

          I beg to differ. The difference between the adult industry and Hollywood is that the adult industry doesn’t lie about what it is.

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      • law4lifeblog says:

        Beenthere….how about the concept of not having sex with men who are not marriage material…hmmmmm?

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  7. I do find Ivanka a very impressive person, I feel the early feminism movement hurt American families A LOT. The influence, leadship and management skills of a Mother are INVALUABLE. I personally would like to hear an equal amount of conversation about empowering and appreciating mothers….

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  8. G. Combs says:

    One comment.
    How about trying to have childcare on site. I have seen that at some companies.

    Many of the day cares I work for have a very firm GET YOUR CHILD OR GET FINED policy about keeping the child for even a minute over time. ($1.00 to $5.00 a minute) this can really mess up a Mom’s work schedule.

    The US government (Thanks to trumped up ‘abuse cases ) now regulates daycare making it more expensive and harder to find.

    Also an infirmary wing for sick kids would be a good idea too.

    If you want women in the workplace (and not on welfare) then make it mother friendly.
    ………

    Many of the small businesses I patronize have their kids on site. This is one of the advantages of owning your own business. It is good for the kids too because the SEE that adults have to work and earn money.

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    • Daniel says:

      There are reasons people on welfare have more children than working people. It’s not practical when you work and have any sort of ethics about how ones children are raised.

      FRANKLY, women should be encouraged to be stay at home moms. Good for children and good for the country. This whole idea that women MUST work or have a career is nonsense. Their mothers should teach them that men can be like animals and become abusive and that the choice of a good man is absolutely critical to her future. Suddenly “good men” that women claim they can’t find will appear before them instead of the “bad boys” they’re actually attracted to. Again… so much broken in our culture.

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      • Lulu says:

        About half the women in my circle earn more than their husbands and significantly more in many cases. Stay at home mom is not going to happen beyond the early years in any significant number on either of the coasts. What we should stop doing is subsidizing welfare mothers. They have more children at much younger ages than women who aren’t on welfare. Meaning they produce twice as many kids twice as fast. Demographically we are screwed.

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      • Cayce Maxwell says:

        Thank you for saying this. I’m a stay at home mom. Views like Ivanka’s do trouble me. I wonder if she knows what she is missing. I would not give up a second of the time I have had with my children. When I was trying to decide what to do about my job after I had my first child, a very wise man (my dad) told me that he never heard anyone on his death bed say, “I wish I had spent less time with my kids.” It was an easy choice after that. I know some people don’t really have that option, but it wasn’t easy for us financially. Our income was cut in half. I watched every penny we spent, packed my husband’s lunch, and we made it by God’s grace.

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        • StandTall says:

          Good for you! Mine are all grown up and self sufficient now but I have never regretted spending time with my children as they went through every phase. I wasn’t the lovely suit wearing success of other moms but my son, after taking his first good job out of college, thanked me for all we’d done. He actually told me he knew all we’d given up and how blessed he and sister were. Said he realized when he was in college just how lacking the quality of some families were no matter the amount of money.

          Anyway, your dad was right! You listened to him and your own heart! Your children will pass that on.

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      • Snow White says:

        Daniel, you hit the nail on the head. I like Ivanka but she needs to stop with this “empowering women” mantra. I’m so sick and tired of hearing how we should do this and that for women in the work force. How about the moms who want to be a stay at home mom and raise her kids? Isn’t that a hard job? How about focusing on men having good paying jobs so the mom can stay home if she wants to? Wouldn’t mom be the best caregiver instead of daycare workers?
        And before anyone jumps on me, I’m a mom and I know what I’m talking about.

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  9. G. Combs says:

    FEMINISM….

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    • msmelchizadek says:

      Remember that old TV ad, “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never ever let you forget you’re a man…” HOGWASH.

      I am an unfortunately victim of the feminist ideology that said women should work outside the home and I was convinced I could never stay home to raise any kids… My mom had 8 kids and only worked periodically. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I realized that I would rather have stayed home, but by then we were living around both wages. So, IMO, you need to decide BEFORE you have kids to stay at home. Sure wish I had… just sayin’

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  10. Bendix says:

    I know this “women empowerment” stuff rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but since we are going to get it anyway, I would much rather have someone like this wrest the topic away from those whose idea of empowering women is insisting that all other women respect the rags some women are still forced to wear on their heads in our free country.
    Ivanka is a much better image for girls to see than some wacky Weinstein supporting ant-America nutjob.
    We can see how well regarded she is in the Asian world.
    She also is helping put the lie to the Trump= bad for women narrative.
    I got sick of hearing how Hillary was so admired in the EU that we were stupid for not electing her.

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  11. benifranlkin says:

    I see jealousy oozing out of the pores of many who have posted on this thread. If you loved your own life u wouldn’t be spouting your vitriol. Guess u can’t stand an elegant woman speaking up on a world stage for you and doing it very well.
    Anything wrong with his? I don’t think so and u should be proud of it.”Women have been shown to reinvest 90 percent of their income in their homes and communities, and tend to allocate more of their funds to food, healthcare and education-resources that benefit children and improve our societies for generations. When women work, they not only support themselves, but they create a better future for their families and their communities.”
    Or this? No and I hope it happens. “That is why in the United States, we are working to pass sweeping and long over-due tax reform that will afford families much needed relief. We are seeking to simplify the tax code, lower rates, expand the child tax credit, eliminate the marriage penalty, and put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans.”

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  12. aredtailblog says:

    Just so long as people accept that some women don’t in fact want to work after they settle with a husband and that you’re probably never going to get 50/50 when it comes to sewage workers or hazmat handling.

    And especially so long as families that aren’t split up through divorce is a valued trait.

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  13. LKA in LA says:

    I am glad Ivanna has forfieted a salary because this is the type of event I would not want to pay for as a taxpayer.

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  14. Isn’t she dividing? Hillary used the same approach. Maybe we are just a little tired of it. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth; excelled in babbles, beads and married a putz, whose thoughtlessness adds more needless problems to Trump. They are more than tied to Daddy’s shoe strings, they are anchors around his neck.
    Rush to Japan and give a speech before Daddy arrives, nothing like trying to cash in on his thunder. “Our administration?” I’m more of the though it’s the peoples’ administration. I’m sorry this is not the kind of woman I would vote for President, obviously that is what underlies her thin shelled ambition, control and power. I think her brothers show way more fortitude.

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    • Lulu says:

      So her brothers and her father were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth? And everyone who works for the President refers to it as our administration it’s like referring to your office, department, company in certain instances when speaking. She is a huge asset in Asia as she is extremely popular and the President knows that and uses her popularity to further his agenda. The hate for Ivanka is so like the HS where people just can’t stop hating the pretty head cheerleader.

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      • Because I disagree with you, I’m being hateful? Naw, if you want me to get more particular is one thing, but your generalities about my response is that I hate pretty cheerleaders, grow up.
        In case you haven’t noticed Hillary is loved around the planet and at one time considered an asset to her party.
        I weigh the negatives and positives as I see them and present my case. I could get into it further but you’ve made yourself clear, I don’t know anything about you, so rather then offend, I’ll keep my mouth shut, and as the father of daughters my girls can do no wrong either yet I wouldn’t be impressed if they received scholarships for cheer leading if they constantly stepped on my toes. I’d expect more.
        .

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    • sunnydaze says:

      She may have been born with “a silver spoon in her mouth” but she seems to have raised strong solid children.

      WTH?

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      • Whatever WTH means, I’m sure it’s the cute way to hide a curse. The same to you buddy.
        Her brothers were born sucking the same spoon, they’re hard at work, keeping their Dad’s empire going, she’s bouncing around like Daddy’s princess.
        Did you ever see the movie Gypsy? Notice the pressure put on Gypsy’s child, Baby June played by Natalie Wood.
        Gypsy; I had a dream, I dreamt if for you June.
        June: Mama doesn’t care, mama’s lettin’ loose
        Mama’s got the stuff, mama’s let go, mama, mama
        Mama’s got the stuff, mama’s gotta move
        Mama’s gotta go, mama, mama, mama’s gotta let go…
        Flash cards have their place, I find them to be a bit cruel and pushy. Sometimes parents can expect too much and push too hard.
        Trump has raised strong solid children, time will tell how she does. All of Kennedy’s kids eventually choked on their silver spoons. Prison in Curacao is filled with street guys who speak five languages.
        And too much too soon and being cute can be a burden when the spot light goes away and you have to live up to someone else’s idea of who you are. Good luck on that one.

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  15. treehouseron says:

    The amount of negativity towards Beautiful, articulate, kind-hearted Ivanka here on the Treehouse is the same feeling I get when I move the couch and see there’s popcorn under there that needs vacuumed up.

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  16. paulraven1 says:

    I read the speech. It’s a stream of cliches — much like everything I’ve ever heard her say. Also, statistics belie much of what she says. Women are ascendant in almost every category of work and education in America. It is boys that need help. Early education has been heavily tilted toward “empowering” girls for at least two decades. Read Dr. Helen Smith’s books. She’s done extensive research on how the favoritism toward women in our culture has seriously hurt boys and men. Ivanka doesn’t once mention Islam, and makes only a passing reference to oppressive regimes and their mistreatment of women. I’m afraid that I have always found her an uninteresting person. Obviously it could all be worse, so I at least appreciate that she offers some support for her father’s policies (though I’m pretty confident both she and her husband desperately wish to be more popular with progressives).

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  17. Ivanka built good will with Japan today and perhaps with some in our own nation. And for that I can be grateful. A lot of women’s home based businesses revolve around improving the health and lives of others. And for that I am also very grateful.

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  18. jbrickley says:

    There was a story, I don’t remember if it was 20/20 or 60 minutes where a feminazi lesbian lived as a man for 18 months, joining a bowling league, going out with the guys drinking and trying to pick up women and attend a male masculinity retreat. It was fascinating because what she expected was not what she experienced. It was nothing like she anticipated. She was welcomed by the men who did not know she was a woman. The only time she was a bit freaked was at the retreat where the men were using violence to release their anger over women such as chopping wood with abandon. She was afraid at that point but it was truly harmless. She felt a bit of remorse over men trying to pickup a woman as she was shot down several times. She also felt that men struggle with male to male emotional contact. The ultimate point was that all she believed about men was completely wrong. She saw that men behaved differently when a woman was present but that their behavior when women were not present surprised her a great deal.

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  19. Reposting…

    Ivanka built good will with Japan today,
    And perhaps with some in our own nation.
    For that I can be grateful.

    A lot of women’s home based businesses
    revolve around improving the health and lives of others.
    For that I am also very grateful.

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  20. TreeClimber says:

    “Today, in the United States, women now comprise 47 percent of the workforce.
    In the vast majority of American homes with children, all parents work – and in 40 percent of households, women are the primary breadwinners.
    Yet, work environments and social institutions still largely operate on a single-earner mindset, in which one parent – traditionally the mother – stays at home to provide full time care.” Bull. You try renting an apartment, getting a mortgage, buying a car – on one person’s salary. The market isn’t set up towards a “single-earner” mindset. I wish it were! I want to stay home and take care of my son! But if we’re going to both provide him diapers and a house (something we’ve both wanted for a very long time,) I’m going to have to go back to work a few weeks after he’s born: “Too many mothers dread telling their boss they must stay home to take care of a sick child – and many must go back to work just weeks after having a new baby – because they can’t afford not to.”

    She respects women who stay home and take care of the kids?? How about a little empowerment in that direction, then! Despite the lip-service paid in pop culture (sometimes,) if you want to be/decide to be a stay-at-home mom, you will never meet anything but adversity and opposition. I don’t feel “empowered” at my job – being forced into high heels, uncomfortable dressy clothes, and makeup (which I hate) so that I will meet corporate dress code – and the expectations of society – I feel more oppressed than otherwise. When what I want to be doing is baking those pumpkin pies for which I bought the ingredients, getting the laundry done, and cleaning the shower, and I have to go stand around decoratively for hours, I don’t feel empowered. I feel forced into choices I hate for the sake of what society sees as “progress.”

    Maybe she was addressing Japan. But she was speaking of America. And it’s that very aspect of America I – a young woman – hate.

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    • Snow White says:

      Treeclimber, I wish you lived close to me. I’d take care of your baby when you have to go back to work. I know how difficult is to go back to work when you have a newborn you have to leave behind. It is heartwrenching. 🤗🤗🤗

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      • TreeClimber says:

        Oh, I’ve no end of volunteers on those who are more than happy to “look after the baby” in my absence. The problem is, they all have their own ideas on how to raise our child – and none of them agree with mine. At this point, I’m terrified to leave him for fear all the relatives will get their hands on him, they’d like nothing better. My whole point is, I don’t want to leave him with anyone – I want to be able to take care of him myself!

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  21. Tegan says:

    Posted a comment about Ivanka’s speech but it never appeared. Am I in time out corner?

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  22. YvonneMarie says:

    Ivanka used to be lovely & pretty. Not any more. Sorry.

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    • BBK says:

      I agree, somehow she comes across as (over?)-ambitious and insincere. I find that I can identify far more with the Trump sons, they seem to be more grounded. And I love Lara Trump and Melania Trump! Jarrod and Ivanka, unfortunately, not so much.

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