Critics slam Ivanka Trump's self-guide book dedicated to working women

Trump's self-guide book hit the stores this week, offering a range of tips and lessons the first daughter learned from her experiences as a working mother.

May 4, 2017 11:13
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Ivanka Trump. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Ivanka Trump, the fashion mogul and business executive admiringly dubbed "First Daughter of America," has released this week a new self-help guide aimed at career-oriented women.

In Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, US President Donald Trump's daughter provided a host of tips intended to help women who struggle with the social and professional task of maintaining the tight balance between their work lives and their domestic responsibilities.

The book, which arrived at bookstores on May 2, already garnered a lot of reviews, but while some were supportive and appreciative of the fact that Trump shared a glimpse into her personal life, others strongly critiqued her writing and bashed her for providing banal or inapplicable advice.

Critics claimed that Trump was in no position to offer advice to working women due to the simple fact that her glamorous lifestyle and financial resources did not resemble in any way the daily lives of most working women, who work long hours, tend to their homes and raise their children without the support of a slew of hired caregivers or some of the other luxuries Trump has easy access to.

Trump shared tips from famous and inspiring professionals such as Sheryl Sandberg, Steve Jobs and Bill gates. She also offered some personal life hacks, suggesting that women come to terms with the fact that maintaining the mother-career woman balance will forever remain a daunting and almost impossible challenge.

Using a more intimate tone, Trump wrote that she had been "grappling with whether being a young female executive with a baby would undermine my authority in the eyes of colleagues and peers in a very male-dominated [real estate] industry," to the point where she was wary of posting pictures of her home life on social media. Trump explained that she later learned to change her approach: "I began to wonder whether I had been doing women who work a disservice by not owning the reality that, because I've got an infant, I'm in my bathrobe at 7 a.m. and there's pureed avocado all over me."

While critics did not spare Trump harsh commentary, most of them agreed that the book will probably go on to become a bestseller considering the ever-growing public interest in the president's daughter and her private life as well the common desire shared by many to adopt healthy role models who appear to be leading a successful life.

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