A new ad about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to help mothers and children has sparked some heavy backlash from feminists online.
The ad features Trump’s 33-year-old daughter Ivanka, a working mother of three. She opens the 30-second ad by saying, “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother.” It goes on to tout Donald Trump’s plans for a child-care tax credit and paid maternity leave, something Planned Parenthood bashed several weeks ago.
Many feminists did not like Ivanka’s opening comment, and quickly responded with a slew of criticism online, followed by op-eds in several pro-abortion women’s magazines and other liberal news outlets.
In a New York Magazine op-ed “Stop Telling Women Motherhood Is the Most Important Job,” Laura June responded:
Using “any woman” here is just a nicer way of saying “all women.” What that sentence really means is that Ivanka — and by extension, her father, whose platform the video was created to advertise — thinks that all women should have children, because it’s “the most important job for them.” Of course, this line of thinking isn’t exactly reflective of American women’s lived experience: More women today are either putting off having children or choosing to not have them at all. Saying that women’s most important job in life is motherhood suggests that women without children are lacking not just children, but a true calling in life.
Later, June added:
But many of the people who tout motherhood as their most important job aren’t single mothers juggling a kid and an actual paying gig: They’re not people who worry about the cost of day care or health insurance. In short, they’re people like Ivanka Trump.
But June ended up doing the same thing she accused the Trumps of – painting women with an overly broad brush. It is simply not true that rich, elite women are the only ones who believe motherhood is their most important role. Some struggling women who chose life over abortion for their unborn babies even have said becoming a mother changed their lives for the better.
June is correct that not all women should be or should want to be mothers, but that does not appear to be what Ivanka Trump is saying. It’s sad to see how often some feminists, especially abortion activists, criticize things that recognize the value and importance of motherhood and children.