Note: Originally published on Sept. 16.
On Sept. 13, Donald Trump proposed a six week maternity leave for working mothers. He stated that his eldest daughter, Ivanka, was the architect of this policy. Although Ivanka has certainly tried to present the Trump family as champions for women in the workplace, her efforts have made only a small dent in the public perception of her father’s misogyny.
Trump has made sexual innuendos in the past, including telling a woman on “The Apprentice” who claimed to have dropped to her knees and beg for a chance “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.” Calling women fat, ugly, slobs, dog-faced, grotesque and disgusting is something that Trump has seemingly made a habit of, and Ivanka’s support may be too little too late.
Trump’s comments come against a backdrop of relatively weak maternity leave policies in the United States. Many countries like Finland or Iceland require multiple months of paid leave for new mothers, with generous standards of leave for fathers as well.