By Elizabeth Denton. Photos: Getty Images.
Today, Thursday April 4, is Equal Pay Day in the U.S., a day to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. It's an important day because of the wage discrepancy that's still happening. In 2015, women made only 79.6 cents for every dollar men made. This number is worse for women of color. In fact, the National Committee for Pay Equality reports that black and Hispanic women made 70.6 and 60.7 cents respectively. Something needs to change. And some think Ivanka Trump is the person to help lead that fight.
The First Daughter took to Facebook today to share a USA Today story about the gender pay gap. "Today, on Equal Pay Day, we are reminded that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Closing the gender pay gap is critical to the economic empowerment of American women, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to come together in pursuit of equal pay," she wrote. "I am proud to work towards this goal alongside my father and in support of the administration’s commitment to women and families."
While at first it seems like a great thing that Ivanka is speaking out for such an important cause, it comes with a bit of confusion. This "father" she speaks of, has a long history of being anything but for women's rights. Let's just look at the 20-plus women who have accused him of sexual assault, sexual harassment, body-shaming, slut-shaming, and all around discrimination towards female employees.
Then, there's the bomb Trump dropped on March 27, a week before Equal Pay Day. NBC News reports the President revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order then-President Barack Obama put in place. According to NBC News, the Fair Pay order had two rules that directly impacted women in the workplace: "paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or discrimination claims." That is no more.
Noreen Farrell, director of the anti-sex discrimination law firm Equal Rights Advocates, told NBC News: "We have an executive order that essentially forces women to pay to keep companies in business that discrimination against them, with their own tax dollars. It's an outrage."
So you can see why Ivanka's Equal Pay Day post is a bit problematic. She might want to take a closer look at the policies and ideologies her father and his administration have already set forth.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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