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Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success

by Ivanka Trump, 256 Pages
Publisher: Portfolio, May 2, 2017
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Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success

by Ivanka Trump, 256 Pages
Publisher: Portfolio, May 2, 2017

I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you.

Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or to stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact that our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead—which look different for each of us.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I have been an executive and an entrepreneur, but also—and just as importantly—a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas.

After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) have shared their experiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.

Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses.

Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some of the amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women—now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities, in a way only you can.

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About Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is First Daughter and Advisor to the President. She wrote this book before the 2016 election, when she was the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, cofounder of Trump Hotels, and CEO and founder of the Ivanka Trump Collection and IvankaTrump.com. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is the bestselling author of The Trump Card. Ivanka has been included on Fortune magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list and was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She and her husband have three young children and live in Washington, D.C.

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  1. Matt Karver

    Yes I know about paragraphs. They weren’t transferred over with copy paste, my apologies (it would be nice to have a feature to be able to edit comments after the fact)!

    May 2, 2017,8:23 am


  2. Matt Karver

    I’m am a very reasonable individual, but in regards to Ivanka’s book I have some thoughts that I would like to bounce off other people to get some perspective. I hope I’m not alone in my thoughts and I welcome any and all comments of support or rebuttal! 

For women that want to work and kick butt doing it at an extremely high level, I salute you! Go forth! But what really bothers me about Ivanka is that she seems to preach this idea that you can have it all…which isn’t true for men, women, or anyone for that matter. Ask any top CEO, athlete, celebrity, etc. just how much they had to sacrifice to get to where they are. If you really have a heart-to-heart with these people and analyze their lives and uncover the areas of personal development where they’re lacking, you’ll see that most people had to put all their eggs in one basket in order to compete and get to where they wanted to go. An unrelenting obsession at the expense of other areas of life is what’s necessary to get to the top. That’s what Trump did and he has openly talked about regretting how he neglected his first wife in order to get to where he wanted to go.

    Personally, I find it ironic how Ivanka is the beneficiary of Trump and the pains of his first marriage and now she’s advocating for something that she’s never really had to experience first hand. I’m not saying she doesn’t work incredibly hard (she obviously does!), I’m just saying she hasn’t had to sacrifice in the same way of the everyday woman she’s speaking to. Not only that, but with her family name she always knew she’d end up with one of the top 1% of men as a partner so she could easily afford to make work her priority without having to worry about landing a high status spouse (not all women desire a high status spouse, but considering that successful women seem to generally be unwilling to marry down to lower status men — this is statistically a big problem, I’m not just making it up — this is a huge issue for women that feel cheated once they reach the pinnacle of their careers and find few equal or higher status suitors (they’re also generally not attractive to men who by and large have no qualms marrying lower status women that are more available with their time).

    With all that being said, if you want to be CEO, wife of the year, and mom of the year, every single one of those areas will suffer. It’s kind of like having three finals on one day with only one day to study — you try your best to balance and pick and choose what areas to focus on…and in the end all of them suffer…on you personally have to suffer by pulling an all-nighter.

    Ivanka talks about being a great mother, and she certainly provides and takes time out of her day to spend time with her children, but with all the traveling and work she does throughout the day, someone else is raising her kids. Someone else is interacting with them, watching them grow, and seeing new “firsts” when Ivanka is away. There’s just no way around this for any woman or man, but the difference for women is a strong attachment to their children (we can see this in brain scans and the difference in how women react when seeing babies, hearing them cry, etc. Men bond too but not in the same way). This may be easy for her to do, but I personally know many women that feel a lot of regret working and would actually prefer to be stay-at-home-mom’s if they could afford it. I know Ivanka and other women would say to get over that regret or make yourself numb to it, which is confusing to me to make such a sacrifice for work over family.

Ivanka also mentions that she’ll answer emails after her children are asleep (I read the first couple of chapters to get an idea of her thesis), but what about her husband? This goes for Jared too. The two of them are workaholics for achieving their goals, which is a great match for them, but that is an area of life that the two of them are willing to spend less emphasis on (again, I’m not saying they don’t spend time together). When I think of my grandparents, I distinctly remember the two of them supporting each other, constantly interacting as a function of their lives, gardening together, etc. Their lives were less about work and more about interacting together as a family. For women and men that desire that kind of relationship, that is not something Ivanka’s advocacy leaves a lot of room for or perhaps New York relationships are merely different 🙂
    
Lastly, I find it a little hypocritical how she touts having it all then advocates for everyone to be taxed (or a tax credit that disproportionately affects men as well as women without children) so women can have it all with maternity leave, more “fair” taxes between and women (I don’t even know what she means by this…how are taxes unfair to genders especially when men pay more and take out less from the government?), special loans and financing for women starting business, special advocacy and recruiting for women, etc. That doesn’t really seem like having it all to me. It sounds like wanting it all and finding ways to get it from others. I wouldn’t think women that actually do kick butt on their own would feel good about other women getting the leg up for just being women seeing as it would degrade their own successes. 

    Ivanka also talks about women needing to band together and supporting each other in work, jobs, etc., which feels a lot like identify politics to me. For a long time men have been ridiculed and sewed for sexism if they only hire men and now women are saying to specifically go out and hire women? I have had this happen to me where I asked to work with a woman and specifically told she only works with women. Don’t get me wrong, I think sexism laws are rather ridiculous considering that we cannot effectively control (nor should we) why people hire people especially when people can simply have personalities that don’t mesh well that had nothing to do with gender, sex, race, etc.; but we can’t say it’s okay to openly choose women to support women while denying men the same social acceptance.

    Alright, I’ve said enough. Ivanka’s message has and is rather popular, but more and more women are speaking out. Even my own mother who was a PHD that worked her butt off, after growing into my own family she openly admitted massive regrets working as much as she did instead of focusing on family and using her skills to make the city / community a better experience. When she retired and started talking to a lot of stay-at-home-mom’s in the area and what they were doing in the community with their children, she was devastated knowing the same experiences weren’t afforded to her own children. Like I said, work is great…but it’s always at the sacrifice of something else. Both men and women have been leaving behind the strength of community for a long time and I’m not convinced Ivanka’s message helps. I guess both genders will have to become increasingly uphappy as stay-at-home mom’s are forced to work out of necessity and workaholic power women regret their decisions only after it’s too late (again, I KNOW there are many out there that don’t want families and want nothing more than to be CEO’s, etc. I’m not including you in that group). It’s certainly a fascinating time to be alive!

    May 2, 2017,8:17 am

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