If there’s one thing Ivanka Trump knows about, it’s being a working woman.
Which is why the First Daughter was SO excited to release her second book, Women Who Work, which offers a cornucopia of inspiring quotes, tips, and tricks about how one can succeed in all areas of her life (like motherhood AND building a fashion empire)!
Critics who read the book, however, weren’t buying it — and blasted Women Who Work, which hit shelves Tuesday, for being just as out of touch as the author!
Reviewers pointed out Ivanka’s sage advice seemed to be aimed at a readership of elite women with her same set of privileges instead of the broad audience the book suggests it’s for.
Others harpooned Women Who Work for overusing “inspirational” quotes out of context, like using Toni Morrison‘s slavery quote to describe being “a slave to your time” when discussing time management. (Ivanka knows the struggle of a long work week, y’all.)
Of course, the biggest critique was Vank’s questionable offering of vague feminist values while Donald Trump defunds Planned Parenthood and other pro-women services. We guess she skipped the chapter on silent complicity?
See what the critics had to say about Women Who Work (below)!
Annalisa Quinn, NPR: “Trump’s lack of awareness, plus a habit of skimming from her sources, often results in spectacularly misapplied quotations ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ like one from Toni Morrison‘s Beloved about the brutal psychological scars of slavery. ├óΓé¼╦£Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another,’ is positioned in cute faux-handwritten capitals (and tagged #itwisewords) before a chapter on ├óΓé¼╦£working smarter.’ In it, she asks: ├óΓé¼╦£Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?'”
Jennifer Senior, The New York Times: “Trump starts out presuming a wide range of female readers. But a class bias at some point begins to reveal itself, and it’s not just in the business leaders she profiles ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ who, like Trump, are often the daughters of New York City’s elite. It’s in her discussion of Covey’s four-quadrant time-management grid, when she identifies grocery shopping as neither urgent nor important. (Do the groceries just magically appear in her fridge? Oh, wait. They probably do.)”
Beth Teitell, The Boston Globe: “Ivanka’s life seems pretty smooth, but in her book she reveals struggles, like the time Anna Wintour heard that she was about to graduate from college and called out of the blue with a job offer, a challenge familiar to many aspiring writers. The problem was that Ivanka had already accepted a job with Forest City Ratner, a development firm, and she had to tell Anna no!”
Michelle Goldberg, Slate: “As vapid as Women Who Work is ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and it is really vapid ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ there is a subtle political current running through it, one that helps explains how the socially liberal Ivanka can work for her misogynist ogre of a father… ├óΓé¼╦£My father has always said, if you love what you do, and work really, really hard, you will succeed,’ she writes at one point… Elsewhere, she quotes the management guru Stephen Covey: ├óΓé¼╦£You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear.’ Both she and her father, of course, had the good sense to choose to be heirs to a real estate fortune.”
Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker: “The book ultimately doesn’t try very hard to obscure the fact that the Women Who Work initiative was created, as the Times recently reported, as a way to make Ivanka products more marketable. She seems unwilling to acknowledge ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ if this is something that she has even grasped in the first place├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥that there could, hypothetically, be a difference between what’s good for women and what’s good for her brand.”
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