When asked about sexual harassment in USA Today interview, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump replied that his daughter, Ivanka, “would find another career or find another company.” Eric Trump, defending his father on “CBS This Morning,” explained, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. She wouldn’t allow herself to be subjected to it.”
So the Trump men think a woman who is harassed should simply leave the company or change careers.
For those of us who do not benefit from a wealthy father’s million dollar start-up funds, and co-signed loans, or work in father’s firm, this is hardly a reasonable option. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2015 received almost 7,000 sexual harassment charges. Experts agree most cases are not even reported. The American Bar Association just voted on a Resolution making it a violation of professional responsibility to discriminate or harass in conduct related to the practice of law. Women represent only 18 percent of partners at the top law firms.
Ivanka Trump positions herself as a champion for working women and families. Her convention speech to introduce her father advocated messages for equal pay, affordable child care and other policies to support female and family issues. But none of the policy positions she espoused — to appeal to women, minorities and millennials — are in the official 2016 Republican party platform and the historical Republican agenda and legislative record. The Republican politicians’ voting consistently is for party and against parity. The apple (of his eye) doesn’t fall far from the money tree. The morning after the convention, she tweeted a link to buy the made-in-China, $138 sheath dress she wore, from her own company.
Blinders Not “Binders”
Presidential nominee Mitt Romney was chastised for explaining he had “binders full of women” to consider for appointments. When it comes to women, the Trumps, it seems, have blinders, not binders. Asked about potential female Cabinet appointees, the only name he could offer was Ivanka’s. Trump’s campaign announced his team of economic advisers: 13 white men and no women. His list of 11 Supreme Court nominees consisted of all white conservatives and eight of 11 are men. The next president is expected to make possibly three Supreme Court lifetime appointments, which could enact laws for generations to come.
Trump’s litany of derogatory remarks against women may be flat-footed and found elsewhere. Discussing women with Howard Stern, he rated them on a 10-point scale, explaining, “A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.” Busted! Melania’s college degree, formerly included in her official bio, is now refuted and removed. Trump does favor women with MBAs: Major Breast Augmentations. It was surprising to see nude photos of Mrs. Trump in the newspaper that endorsed her husband. Their slogan could be: “All The Nudes That’s Fit To Print.”
Kirsten Powers’ interview with Trump in USA Today about his remarks concluded,
“Women don’t cause sexual harassment, harassers do.”
What Would Golda Tell Donald?
In response to a series of rapes, an israel cabinet minister suggested a curfew to keep women in after dark.
Golda Meir, the first Israel woman Prime Minister (1969 to 1973), replied,
“But it is the men who are attacking the women. If there is to be a curfew, let the men stay at home.”
Alas, just in recent weeks, corporate male executives have been swiftly forced out because of sexual harassment behavior testimony and remarks. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes resigned two weeks following lawsuit allegations by Gretchen Carlson and more than a dozen women, and investigations by parent company 21st Century Fox’s legal counsel. He wanted to screw the women and they finally returned the favor. Roger, Over and Out!
Kevin Roberts, former chairman of ad agency giant Saaatchi & Saatchi, commented that gender equality was “not an issue,” in an interview. He also noted that he did not spend “any time” on gender issues. His dismissive remarks about gender diversity led the parent company, Publicis, to placing Roberts on leave. Soon after, it was announced that he will resign his position, as of September 1. In both cases, the situation escalated to the parent company and they took immediate disciplinary action resulting in dismissal.
As Golda Meir recommended, punish the perpetrators, not the victims.