US first daughter’s new book under fire

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/3 15:53:39

A copy of Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work Photo: IC

US first daughter Ivanka Trump revived ethics concerns Tuesday by publishing a self-help book for working women, which was immediately criticized for offering little help to millions of Americans living outside the moneyed elite.

Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success was released simultaneously in hardback, ebook, 497-minute audio download and CD, Donald Trump's favorite child sitting on the cover in a dark frock.

The millionaire mother of three, assistant to the president and wife of White House advisor Jared Kushner, says she wrote the tome, published by Penguin business imprint Portfolio, before her father's shock election.

She took leave from the family real estate business and her eponymous clothing line in January. She is now an unpaid federal employee, with an office in the West Wing, who fulfills duties traditionally carried out by a first lady.

The purpose of the book, she writes, is to empower others with skills she has learned in matters as diverse as starting companies, negotiating, maximizing your influence at work and "helping change the system to make it better for women."

Yet the book spotlights the gulf between the gilded world of a 35-year-old woman thought - with her husband - to still hold investments worth up to $740 million and the struggles facing middle- or working-class women.

She makes only fleeting reference to a nanny as she details an exhausting schedule for managing her companies, her household and date nights with her husband.

Fatima Goss Graves, incoming president of the National Women's Law Center that promotes equality for women and families, wrote in US News that the book was "completely out of touch with the obstacles working women face."

"Millions of women are in no position to follow any of this advice."

In a review, The New York Times called the book "not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative."

Newspaper headline: ‘Out of touch’

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