The Frist Princess Ivanka Trump has tried to brand herself as some sort of “women’s empowerment” activist while her father is President by promoting federal paid leave policy and encouraging women to strive for work-life balance.
Yet, her private business practices tell another story.
In fact, the women who work for Ivanka in her factories making her clothes are paid so little that some mothers can’t even afford to live with their children.
The Guardian spoke to several of Ivanka’s employees in Subang, Indonesia. The factory produces Ivanka Trump-branded clothes.
According to the article, Ivanka’s employees earn the equivalent of $173 a month, which is the lowest legal minimum wage in all the provinces in Indonesia.
Moreover, one factory worker, Alia, said she lives in a poorly kept boarding house near the factory.
The house is an hours-long drive from her children, she claims, due to her salary that she can only afford to visit her children once a month.
The Guardian states, “When Alia was told the gist of Ivanka Trump’s new book on women in the workplace, she burst out laughing. Her idea of work-life balance, she said, would be if she could see her children more than once a month.”
Furthermore, The Guardian reports that three-quarters of the roughly 2,500 non-union workers at the factory are women, and several “devote almost all their income to children with whom they can’t afford to live.”
However, sources report that Ivanka’s factory does offer workers three months paid maternity leave. But that’s about it.
Ivanka speaks a language of fairness for women, but her business practices tell a different story.
Another factory worker told The Guardian, “Sure, I’m proud to make clothes for a well-known brand.
But because I see the price tags, I have to wonder, can’t they pay us a bit more?” Wow, how hypocritical is Ivanka?