Why Ivanka Trump Hates the Term "Working Mom"
She may come from a privileged background, but you won’t catch Ivanka Trump taking it easy these days. The daughter of Donald Trump opens up in the May issue of Redbook about her struggle to juggle motherhood with an ambitious career.
“Oh, every morning I’m so sad to leave Arabella,” the 31-year-old responds when asked if she feels guilt as a working mother. “But it’s important for me to continue what I’m doing. It’s fulfilling to me, and I think it makes me a better mom when I’m home.”
She goes on to talk about the issues she has with being described as a “working mom”.
“Incidentally, I hate the expression ‘working mom,’ because when I’m with Arabella on the weekends, I’m much more exhausted on Monday morning than I am on Friday night!” she says with a laugh.
“I think the expression ‘working’ versus ‘non-working’ implies that a mother who stays home doesn’t work. It’s far more difficult than anything I do in the office.”
As for what kind of grandfather “The Donald” makes, Ivanka says he is doting…to a limit!
"Oh, he takes her all the time – but with me. He wouldn't know what to do if she was crying or needed a diaper change. Although I think he'd figure it out." She adds, "He was always a great father in that he was always there. Now that my brothers and I work with him, we've become even closer. If we talked a lot before, we speak 50 times a day now. I spend half the time in his office. It's wild."
What do you think about her comments regarding the term “working mom”? We think she has a point - while rewarding, being a parent is exhausting whether you are at home OR at work. Why isn't the phrase "working dad" ever used?