Words by Caelin Mills
I want to take this blog to talk about one thing, or person, that is.
Her name is Ivanka Trump.
Let’s go back to the Republican National Convention in 2016. Earlier that week, I had gathered with a group of strangers to talk about politics at the mercy of pollster Frank Luntz. In front of us were studio lights and a two way mirror, with a room full of journalists behind it.
We had been recruited to tape a focus group style panel for ABC’s morning show. It was paid, and I was a broke college student with a passion for politics, so I excitedly agreed.
After we taped what they needed for the show, Luntz selected some of us and invited us to the RNC for three nights to watch the convention in real time and react live on Fox News for Sean Hannity’s evening show. There’s no way I was turning down this kind of opportunity.
Walking into that newsroom is, to this day, what keeps me motivated to keep doing this. I went to the RNC very conflicted. In my heart, I was a Republican, and I kne
w there was no way I would ever vote for Hillary Clinton. I didn’t know whether I would vote for Trump or if I would sit the election out. I think a lot of people were in the same place.
We watched the convention unfold, and after Ivanka Trump spoke, I was sold. She spoke to some of us — women, young people — who were still waiting for our voices to be heard.
During her announcement of her father, Ivanka said, “At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.” After giving statistics, she concluded with, “He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him.”
Not only is Ivanka Trump a business professional, entrepreneur and mother, she’s now beginning her journey as a politician.
At 35, she has learned the business of real estate, co-judged “The Celebrity Apprentice,” published a New York Times best seller, launched a successful clothing line aimed at women in business — with a website alongside it — focusing on the hashtag #WomenWhoWork on their social media pages. “Women Who Work” is also the title for her upcoming book.
Ivanka converted to Judaism after meeting her husband and faithfully practices the religion.
They have three children together. She is a role model and advocate for women everywhere, showing that it’s possible to balance a successful career and a family as well.
She’s negotiated business deals. She’s confident, intelligent and grounded. As women, we can take after her and allow our voices to be heard in settings where all of the powerful people in the room are male. We can look at her and know we are all capable of greatness. This is the kind of woman we need in politics.
She has made her political stance clear— she makes decisions based on what’s right. In a world of so much partisanship, it’s refreshing to have someone stand up and say, “I don’t need to base my vote on a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after a candidate. I’m intelligent enough to look at the facts and make my own judgement.”
These days, she’s standing side by side with President Donald Trump, sitting in on meetings and speaking with powerful world leaders. Whether or not you agree with her father’s policy decisions, there’s no mistaking Ivanka Trump will bring great things for this country.
A voice for millennials, a voice for women, Ivanka Trump will be the first woman president of the United States. Remember this statement.