Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Ivanka's New Book for Working Women Will Never Work for Me

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Ivanka's New Book for Working Women Will Never Work for Me

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Byline: Ellen E Jones

HOW are you? Me? I'm busy busy busy! Mega-busy! Soooooo busy! But never too busy to take a sisterly interest in the travails of my fellow working mums. It was in this spirit that I hastily skim-read an extract from Ivanka Trump's new book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success.

The First Daughter has got a lot on too her new remit includes trade with China and bringing peace to the Middle East but she's found time to write this book (her second) thanks to some powerful motivation. Ivanka wants to make ordinary working mothers feel better about their own scummy lives. "I often heard things such as, 'It's so inspiring that you're such a hands-on mom and not intimidated to show that part of you'," she writes. "I began to wonder whether I had been doing women who work a disservice by not owning the reality that, because I've got an infant, I'm in my bathrobe at 7am and there's pureed avocado all over me."

Thanks, Ivanks, but I'm good. Own it, disown it, whatever. On behalf all women who work I give you permission to take that time previously devoted to posting relatable pictures "that my husband candidly snapped of me digging in the garden with the kids my hair in a messy ponytail, dirt on my cheek" and divert it instead into distracting your dad from starting World War III. Be comforted to know that I've got a grubby bathrobe of my own I can gaze at whenever the mood strikes (though not at 7am, because I've already left for work by then).

Before I became a parent I might have spent an idle hour scrolling down a social media feed, taking in the polished images of perfection and woefully finding my own life wanting by comparison. I can just about remember that feeling you get at the pit of your stomach when someone close to you posts pics suggesting they're living a happy and fulfilled life, full of delicious meals, fun nights out and fabulous holidays. …

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