Ivanka Trump’s Women’s Day tweet received immediate ridicule by individuals criticizing her and her father for their pathetic track record on women’s rights.
InternationalWomensDay.com reports that, “International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
Ivanka Trump posted a tweet Thursday morning in observance of the day. “Today we come together in recognition of women at home & around the globe,” she tweeted, adding: “We celebrate women’s achievements, past & present, & pledge to empower women to reach their full economic potential for generations to come. When women thrive, we ALL succeed.”
Today we come together in recognition of women at home & around the globe. We celebrate women’s achievements, past & present, & pledge to empower women to reach their full economic potential for generations to come. When women thrive, we ALL succeed. #InternationalWomensDay
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 8, 2018
As one might expect, Twitter was swift to respond, with thousands of responses criticizing her and her father for their horrible record on women’s rights.
Several of the responses criticized Ivanka’s business practices. Last summer, The Guardian posted an exposé of the horrors of the factory in Indonesia where Ms. Trump’s clothing line is manufactured. Worker’s interviewed agreed to talk only if the details about them were changed.
According to The Guardian, her workers are paid the lowest minimum wage in all of Indonesia — and quite possibly the lowest in Asia. They make 40% less than the workers in the Chinese factories. Aside from that, many workers are paid so little that they cannot afford to live with their children. They spoke about anti-union intimidation and women actually being offered a bonus if they don’t take time off when they have their period.
Huffington Post reported that: “Her clothing brand’s merchandise is produced in foreign factories, where laborers ― both men and women ― receive low wages and have limited ability to advocate for themselves.
Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory- Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and ‘poverty pay’ so bad they have to live away from their children
— MiseryX (@MiseryXchord) March 8, 2018
— MiseryX (@MiseryXchord) March 8, 2018
Others pounced on her role in her father’s administration, with one twitter user tweeting: “You are not responsible for your horrible father. But you are responsible for never achieving anything alone without him. So YOU want to celebrate women’s achievements? YOU,who are a grifter who only lives on nepotism? Who is not asahmed [sp]of wasting tax payers money for nothing?”
You are not responsible for your horrible father. But you are responsible for never achieving anything alone without him. So YOU want to celebrate women's achievements? YOU,who are a grifter who only lives on nepotism? Who is not asahmed of wasting tax payers money for nothing?
— cgn (@cgn2810) March 8, 2018
Others took a broader approach, such as Beatrice, who responded: “Your tweet is hypocritical. You work for your father, a known misogynist, serial adulterer, serial harasser & abuser. Not only that, you have never renounced his behavior.”
Your tweet is hypocritical. You work for your father, a known misogynist, serial adulterer, serial harasser & abuser. Not only that, you have never renounced his behavior.
— Beatrice Westrate (@beeinchicago) March 8, 2018
A few other noteworthy responses included:
- “You celebrate the women that endure forced overtime, alongside their children in overseas sweatshops for pennies an hour…because they make you money.”
- “I want to like you, I really do… but you can’t act like you care about women’s rights and stand by silently when your father undermines women’s rights and demeans strong women leaders in the way that he does.”
- “I’m just another invisible American woman. You haven’t got a clue about what it’s like to live in the real world. There is no thriving or success, it’s surviving each & every day in one of the most corrupt & misogynistic administrations I’ve ever seen”
- “The only thing you represent is an international crime organization. The best thing that’ll happen for women as it relates to the USA will be the removal of your criminal father & his grifter swamp administration. That can’t happen soon enough.”
- “Your father wants to prevent women from access to basic healthcare and birth control. You can’t claim to want to empower and support women while supporting him or his policies. Until you no longer support him, you have no right to speak for us.”
- “You hold a position that should have gone to a qualified woman who worked hard to achieve it, not because she’s the object of her daddy’s incestual fantasies. Don’t you dare talk to us about empowerment.”