Ivanka Trump Tears Down the "Superwoman Myth" In New Book
Ivanka Trump is a busy woman. She serves as special assistant to the president (which so far has necessitated one trip abroad), licenses her name to an apparel and accessories line, and raises three young children. In her new book, appropriately titledWomen Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, she discusses how she attempts to balances it all. (She is donating the proceeds to charity in order to comply with government ethics rules.)
This morning,Fortuneran an exclusive excerpt of Trump's book, in which she writes about doing her part to tear down the stereotype that parenting is easy; while she was initially private about her children in order to maintain her professional image, she says, she got a huge reaction when she finally posted pics of her daughter, Arabella.
"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 7 a.m. and there's pureed avocado all over me," she writes.
"I realized that it might be helpful in changing the narrative — even in a small way — to, for example, debunk the superwoman myth by posting a photo that my husband candidly snapped of me digging in the garden with the kids in our backyard, my hair in a messy ponytail, dirt on my cheek."
She takes issue with the concept of consistent work-life balance, writing that she instead just accepts that certain days, weeks, or even months will just be crazy. "During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn't do much else," she writes. "Honestly, I wasn't treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care.
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