Ivanka Trump Fancies Herself a Champion of ‘Women Who Work’—Tell That to Her Brand’s Factory Workers
A new report exposes the absurdity of the first daughter’s phony feminism.
AlterNet, July 14, 2017
Since her father took office, Ivanka Trump has attempted to position herself as a champion of #WomenWhoWork. Unfortunately, the hashtag doesn’t appear to include the women toiling in substandard conditions in the overseas factories that manufacture her brand’s clothing and accessories.
A recent investigation by the Washington Post reveals just how much of Ivanka’s brand has been outsourced. Virtually all of her clothing line is produced in China and Southeast Asia, despite her father’s constant braying about putting American jobs first.
The report also details how the Ivanka Trump brand has taken a passive and hands-off approach to monitoring overseas production and overseeing the treatment of its predominantly female workforce.
Despite Ivanka’s personal branding efforts, female laborers in overseas factories that produce her clothing and handbags work under poor conditions with incredibly low pay. Working at Trump’s garment factories “come[s] with exhausting hours, subsistence pay and insults from supervisors if they don’t work fast enough.”
“My monthly salary is not enough for everyday expenses, also not for the future,” a 26-year-old sewing operator in Subang, Indonesia, told the Post.
Denim pants are produced in garment factories in Bangladesh, where the minimum wage for garment workers is about $70 a month.
“We are the ultra-poor,” Kalpona Akter, a Bangladeshi labor organizer and former garment worker said. “We are making you beautiful, but we are starving.”
In addition, labor movements that protest on behalf of low-paid garment workers are often suppressed. About 1,500 garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh were suspended or fired in December after going on strike for higher pay.
In China, three activists from China Labor Watch were detained by authorities after investigating facilities where Trump’s products are made. At one facility, the activists found laborers “working 18-hour workdays and enduring verbal abuse from managers.” Other activists in the country, where more than two-dozen factories have produced Trump’s products, also say surveillance and heavy policing are common practices.
Ivanka Trump has yet to make any public statements about the conditions in the factories that produce her brand’s attire. In May, she published a book titled “Women Who Work,” trumpeting her dedication to fair working conditions.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
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