February 14th, 2019 | Updated on August 4th, 2021
First daughter Ivanka Trump wants to help ” 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.”
Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump, announced the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative last week in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. She writes, “When women are free to thrive, they bring national stability, as well as more jobs and economic growth. Expanding women’s economic participation has the potential to boost global economic output by an additional $12 trillion by 2025.”
Ivanka, whom her father regularly calls his “favourite”, who grew up playing in her father’s office and was given unparalleled levels of authority in the family business and now serves as a senior White House adviser.
So what else do we know about her?
1. Wealthy Upbringing
Born in New York in 1981, Ivanka was the only daughter from Donald Trump‘s first marriage to Czech athlete and model Ivana Trump. She spent her early years among the Manhattan elite studying first at the Chaplin School, and then moving to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, where JFK himself studied. Ivanka is “the softer, more refined side of the Trump brand and an antidote to” Donald Trump’s abrasiveness”, says Politico.
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2. Unlike Her Father
“Daddy’s little girl,” as her older brother Donald Jr. once described her. Ivanka-an almost surreally detached counterpoint to her father’s bellicosity, and yet may be his most important ally- handles some of the Trump Organization’s biggest deals, including its acquisition of the Doral Resort in Miami, and its agreement to convert the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C., into a luxury hotel. “In the Trump family business, he has given her a level of authority none of his wives, or for that matter executives, have ever had”, says The New York Times
3. ‘Proxy Wife’
Trumps, their friends and people who have done business with them described Donald’s and Ivanka’s relationship as especially close, with Ms. Trump holding an exalted position in the family, in their company, and even in the campaign.
In a crude joke, Donald Trump famously said that he would date his daughter Ivanka if they were not related. Ivanka, the de facto First Lady, has become more of “a proxy wife”, described Vanity Fair.
Quartz even asked, “Is Ivanka Trump Donald’s actual First Lady?”
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4. Author Of Two Books
Ivanka Trump’s 2009 self-help book, “The Trump Card,” is instructive, if not as a manual for young women interested in “playing to win in work and life,” as the subtitle advertises, then as a telling portrait of the Trump-family ethos, an attitude that appears quite unkind even when presented by Ivanka, its best salesman, in the years preceding her father’s political rise”, writes The New Yorker
Ivanka’s second book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” which received even more brutally scathing reviews. Independent writes ,”‘Reading it feels like eating scented cotton balls”
5. A White House Adviser
After initial dithering, Ivanka was appointed to an official government post, joining her husband Jared Kushner as an adviser to her father. The New York Times said Ivanka’s role “amounts to the formal recognition of the value Mr Trump places on the judgement and loyalty of both his daughter and his son-in-law”.
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6. Resigned From Her Executive Job At The Trump Organization
Ivanka stepped down from her various positions in the Trump Organization to comply with ethics regulations once her father became president. She also quit her eponymous fashion brand.