When President Donald Trump took office, he controversially appointed his daughter Ivanka Trump to an advisor role in the White House. Despite the favoritism, many people believed Ivanka would be able to temper some of her father's more controversial policies. The self-described feminist was seen as someone who could convince her father from straying too far to the right on many issues.
Well, that turns out not to be the case at all. The White House recently announced their plans to scrap an Obama-era regulation that aimed to help ensure Equal Pay and, according to Newsweek, Ivanaka supported it.
The regulation required businesses to document how much they pay their employees alongside their race, ethnicity and gender. It was first proposed in 2016 and set to go into effect next spring, but the Trump administration scrapped it claiming it would be a burden on businesses. Ivanka, who has previously advocated for equal pay, said she believed this policy would not have helped achieve those goals.
“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” Ivanka said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap."
Proponents of the regulation said that it would provide an "evidence-based foundation" of pay discrimination.
“We’d learn about a pay-discrimination problem because someone saw a piece of paper left on a copy machine or someone was complaining about their salary to co-workers,” Jenny Yang, chairwoman of the EEOC said when the rules were drafted. “Having pay data in summary form will also help us identify patterns that may warrant further investigation."
So either Ivanka has no authority in the White House and that whole "moderating" effect people thought she would have is not happening. Or she's an opportunist with no actual political positions who just says what people want to hear in the moment. Either way, we should probably drop the "Ivanka will be our savior" narrative.