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The Women Who Make Ivanka Trump Clothes Can’t Afford To Live With Their Children

By in Huffington Post on June 13, 2017

By Laura Bassett

NEW YORK ― Ivanka Trump has made “women’s empowerment” a signature issue in her father’s White House, championing the nation’s first proposed federal paid leave policy and encouraging women to strive for work-life balance.

But the women who make garments for Trump’s line of clothing are paid so little they can’t afford to live with their children.

The Guardian interviewed several employees at a factory in Subang, Indonesia, that produces Ivanka Trump-branded clothes. Employees there earn the equivalent of $173 a month ― the lowest legal minimum wage in all the provinces in Indonesia. One worker, Alia, said she lives in a dusty boarding house near the factory, an hours-long drive from her children, and can only afford to visit them at their grandmother’s house once a month.

“When Alia was told the gist of Ivanka Trump’s new book on women in the workplace, she burst out laughing,” The Guardian reported. “Her idea of work-life balance, she said, would be if she could see her children more than once a month.”

The Guardian reports that three-quarters of the roughly 2,500 non-union workers at the factory are women, and several “devote almost all their income to children with whom they can’t afford to live.” The factory does offer workers three months paid maternity leave and an extra $10.50 a month if they don’t take a day off for their menstrual periods.

Trump’s book, Women Who Work, is clearly not written for the women working in her label’s factory. She describes her own life of privilege, complete with nannies, big glasses of wine in front of the TV, and long […]    

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