Ivanka Trump has released a book on working women, to pretty much immediate mockery for how far out of touch she is with the average woman’s life.
The 35-year’s book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success reportedly relates how Trump keeps lists of goals and sticks to a strict schedule to achieve them, including allocating her children a specific number of minutes or interactions per day, right down to scheduling in 20 minutes each day to play cars with her son Joseph.
“Arabella loves books, so I make a note to read at least two per day to her and plan ‘dates’ to the library. With Theodore, I commit to ensuring that I can give him two to three of his bottles each day and rock him to sleep at night,” Trump writes of her other two children, according to a report by People.
Another method of getting close to your children is to treat them to a ‘spa bath’ by running the shower to create steam and playing rainforest music, the First Daughter writes.
Trump also makes time for date nights with her millionaire husband Jared Kushner, but admits that as the presidential campaign got busy, she ran out of time for massages and other kinds of “self-care”.
That could be because she works long hours – Trump says that she leaves the office around 5.30pm but deals with emails late into the night, and appears to expect others to too, referring to a 5.30pm departure as ‘early’.
“[My team] know to expect e-mails from me at 11pm — and that I don’t expect an answer at that hour, unless they, like me, leave early!” she reportedly writes.
But Trump’s book attracted ridicule for highlighting what AFP described as “the gulf between the gilded world of a 35-year-old woman thought — with her husband — to still hold investments worth up to $740 million and the struggles facing middle-class or working-class working women”.
In its review, The New York Times points out that, alongside references to the country house and an apparent belief that massages are part of most women’s ‘self-care’ routines, Trump categorises buying groceries as unimportant.
“Do the groceries just magically appear in her fridge? Oh, wait. They probably do,” the NYT reviewer writes, also noting that Trump makes many references to having a “team” behind her, although she rarely acknowledges having servants at home.
But overall, the NYT describes the book as “not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative” in its frequent use of quotes and insights from other successful self-help books.
“Profiting handsomely off the hard work of others appears to be a signature Trumpian trait,” the newspaper’s review acidly notes.