Ivanka Trump Pushes Some Pretty Liberal Policy Plans On Stage At RNC

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ivanka Trump said Thursday her father would champion equal pay for women and making childcare more widely accessible as president, two decidedly progressive issues that Donald Trump has not talked about during his campaign.

“He will fight for equal pay, equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him,” Ivanka said.

The line seems more likely to have come from Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has positioned the gender wage gap and paid family leave at the center of her run for the White House.

Ivanka Trump also said that at the Trump Organization, women are paid the same as their male colleagues, and spoke to the importance of paid parental leave.

“This has long been the philosophy of the Trump Organization…Women are paid equally for the work that they do and when a woman becomes a mother she is supported, not shut out,” she said to cheers from the audience.

She went on to note that studies show motherhood is the greatest factor that drives wage inequality, rather than gender, and that in the White House her father would fight to end the “injustice” of working mothers who can’t afford childcare.

“As President, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were up a significant portion of the workforce,” she said. “He will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all.”

Equal pay is not a policy that has carried over to Trump’s campaign, however. Male Trump campaign aides are paid one-third more than their female counterparts, an analysis by the Boston Globe found.

Trump’s remarks drew quite a few grumbles from anti-Trump conservatives eager to note that her promises weren’t so different from Clinton’s.

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