So the White House announced that this week is “Made in America” week–except that a top advisor to, and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump makes absolutely none of the products on her fashion line in the United States.1
But even worse is that Ivanka–who has made herself out to be the White House’s leading advocate for women with her signature push for a meager paid parental leave policy2–has her brand’s products made exclusively in foreign sweatshops where abuse, dangerous conditions, criminally low pay, and child labor are the norm, according to a bombshell investigative report by the Washington Post.3
Top brands like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have already removed Ivanka Trump merchandise from their shelves, but at least one big one, Macy’s, still remains.4 But Macy’s responds to public outrage: it dropped Donald Trump merchandise after he called Mexicans “rapists.”5 If thousands cause another outcry with this latest news, Macy’s will drop Ivanka Trump–dealing a huge blow on her falsely-crafted image as an advocate for women. Will you sign the petition?
Ivanka Trump has demonstrated over and over that her advocacy for women excludes poor women, often women of color. She has no credibility when she says improving women’s lives is “my life’s mission.”6 The report includes interviews with several women who make her clothing abroad–revealing the abuse they endure in factories or the meager pay that allows some of them to travel back home to see their children only once a month.
Yet she holds a powerful position in economic policy under an administration that claims “America first.” This latest revelation should help discredit her push for harmful policies she claims will help all women. If Macy’s drops her brand, it’s a public rejection of her sweatshop-promoting business–and her fake reputation as a leading voice for women and their families.
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, and Lindsay, the UltraViolet team
1. Ivanka Inc., Washington Post, July 14, 2017
2. Ivanka’s Maternity Leave Plan Is A Cruel Joke, Huffington Post, March 23, 2017
3. Ivanka Inc., Washington Post, July 14, 2017
4. Tracking the Stores That Carry (or Don’t Carry) Ivanka Trump’s Products, Elle, April 3, 2017
#GrabYourWallet, accessed: July 20, 2017
5. Macy’s CEO: Donald Trump’s menswear line is still banned from our stores, Business Insider, November 10, 2016
6. The Daily 202: Ivanka Trump’s life of privilege undermines the credibility of her new book’s message, Washington Post, May 8, 2017