For years there has been an annual event called, “Take Your Daughter to Work.” This event, as I understand it, was created as a way to encourage young girls to dream beyond the former confines of the role of housewife. By going to work with their parents, daughters were to learn that their roles were not limited. They could choose to be anything and it would be accepted. The possibilities were only limited by one’s own choices and through motivation they could go on to be anything.
To me this concept is natural. As a woman who grew up with a divorced mother and a pretty much worthless father, I am used to seeing a woman who gets out there and does what needs to be done. The idea of a woman being limited to a set role or place in society simply because she was born with a vagina seems completely and utterly ridiculous. I see a woman as a human being and as a human being she should be afforded every single opportunity available to men.
Yet for some the concept of equal treatment and access is foreign and even offensive. To them there is a natural order to things and they see men as superior and women as subordinate. They work tirelessly to find ways to maintain their caveman view of the world. There are the small yet insidious things that happen every day that are designed to maintain the false superiority of the male.
For years a woman’s worth has frequently been assessed by her appearance and her willingness to maintain the status quo. Women who sought to go beyond the roles that were being dictated to them were referred to as bitchy, bossy, pushy, uppity, or any of a million vile terms you could dream up. How many times over the last 3 decades have we seen Hillary Clinton degraded because of her looks, her drive, and her forceful personality?
Don’t get me wrong, we have made strides forward. But recent events have demonstrated that there is also a powerful snap back in action. How else can you explain the election of a man who openly degrades women? This man has repeatedly made horrible statements about women based on their appearance and his own base desires. Yet they were deemed acceptable. A section of the population declared that such behaviors were worthy of the office of the president. Through their votes they once again stated that women were to be subordinate, that it was accepted, even embraced treatment.
Oddly, I began this post today to meander my way around to the entire Ivanka G20 thing. There have been many people who have made comments about her not being qualified to be at the table. Reality is that she has a Bachelors degree in business from Wharton Business school and years of experience working for the Tangerine. None of which necessarily qualifies or disqualifies her from taking a seat at the table.
As photos of her filling in for her father at the meeting started to make their way across the internet it seemed that the snarky comments abounded. Many of them were, of course, delivered with their usual anti-female flair. They were coated in degradation and venom many of which seemed targeted toward her taking a place at the table as “daddy’s little girl.” Hell even the cropping of the photos seemed to be feeding into the whole “daddy’s little girl at the big table” narrative. A narrative that is completely ridiculous and does not help either females or the United States.
With all of that being said, I do not believe she had any place at that table. I don’t believe she has any business working in the White House and I sure as hell do not believe that either her or her husband should be negotiating anything for this country. But I want to make sure that we keep the focus on the legitimate reasons. This is not about genitalia. This is about a person taking a seat at the table who shouldn’t have been there in the first place, a person who has few qualifications and is ill-prepared.
The Tangerine has taken this whole Take Your Children to Work thing to the extreme. He has absolutely no political experience beyond campaigning. Upon taking office he surrounded himself (see most of his inner circle) with a number of people with no political experience. These people are supposed to advise him and in some instances they are to act on behalf of the United States. His daughter has been included as one of his top advisers and she, like her father, has zero political experience.
Listen, I don’t care that she was a model. I don’t care that her fame is built on three things: modeling, sitting next to the guy who said “you’re fired,” and her last name. She is an intelligent woman with a business degree and has worked many years in the family business. But that still doesn’t qualify her to be an adviser to the White House.
If she were in a position on a city council I wouldn’t blink an eye, at least she would be starting out and learning the processes involved in politics. But sitting her at that G20 table is like taking a driver of any gender with a fresh off the printer learner’s permit and handing them the keys to a McLaren P1 LM ($3.7 million dollar car) and saying, “don’t scratch the paint.” You just don’t do that shit.