Ivanka Trump, Merkel Debate Women’s Empowerment, Notions Of Feminism

dpa, Berlin

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) After insisting that she was “certainly not” in Berlin to promote her business interests, Ivanka Trump was forced to defend her father’s attitudes towards women at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on Tuesday.

BERLIN

White House adviser Ivanka Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among delegates discussing women’s economic and professional empowerment and notions of feminism at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on Tuesday.

The panel brought together Trump and Merkel for the second time since the 35-year-old’s billionaire father, Donald Trump, took office as US president in February and comes at a time when many are still trying to gauge Washington’s foreign and domestic policy stance.

After insisting that she was “certainly not” in Berlin to promote her business interests, Trump was forced to defend her father’s attitudes towards women.

She said that Donald Trump’s thousands of female co-workers and employees were “a testament to his solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”

Trump, who gave up the management of her fashion brand to serve as an unpaid White House adviser, has yet to reveal how she plans to implement the childcare and parental leave policies she promoted during her father’s presidential campaign.

During the panel discussion, she gave little insight into her father’s plans, saying only that removing “stifling” regulations and addressing the lack of female participation in the sciences were priorities for his administration.

Merkel refused to answer a question about whether or not she was a feminist, saying that participants in the women’s liberation movement had fought “fierce battles” and that she felt uncomfortable taking credit for their successes.

Trump, meanwhile, said that though she identified as a feminist as a believer in the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, the term had “become so loaded … it feels exclusionary of others.”

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