Feminist icon Gloria Steinem sat down with Refinery29 last week to talk feminism and the Trump administration. Steinem took part of the interview to air her grievances with Ivanka's take on feminism and women's healthcare.
"I have not seen her standing up and saying women should have a right to control their own bodies."
On whether or not she thought Ivanka was a feminist, Steinem said, “Nobody on earth thinks she’s a feminist, are you kidding me?” Steinem was quick to point out that she felt the first daughter hardly ever puts in an effort to further feminism in any way.
“I have not seen her standing up and saying women should have a right to control their own bodies and decide when and whether to have children, no.”
While many others agree with Steinem, Ivanka has been emphatic about her loyalty to the feminist movement.
In response to a question on whether or not she was a feminist in an interview last August, Ivanka told Harper’s Bazaar "Yeah, I am. Absolutely."
Still, Ivanka's claim on the word doesn't quite line up with feminist principles. Her influence on her father's child care and maternity leave plan, which excludes both adoptive parents and fathers, is an example of that. The policy widely deviates from Steinem's assertion that a feminist is someone "who believes in the full equality of the sexes."
Steinem's not the first feminist to come down on Ivanka's skewed interpretation of feminism this month. Jane Goodall, Reshma Saujani, and Junot Diaz (all Hillary Clinton supporters) are just a few of the other voices to criticize her for using their words in her new book.
Steinem is one of the most iconic voices for feminism. If Ivanka wants her talk to be taken seriously as a feminist, she better start walking the walk.