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Ivanka Trump’s disappearing act on equal pay

Despite being a self-professed advocate of equal pay, Ivanka Trump supports scrapping a rule meant to close wage gaps for women and minorities. (Video: Thomas Johnson, Libby Casey/The Washington Post)

Ivanka Trump is a self-professed advocate of closing the wage gap that exists for women and minorities. On the stage of the Republican National Convention last summer, she pledged to fight for equal pay, and promised that her father, candidate Donald Trump, would, too, as president.

So equal-wage activists were outraged this week when Ivanka Trump supported a White House move to scrap a rule designed to combat the wage gap.

The rule, put in place by President Barack Obama and scheduled to go into effect next year, would have required large companies to report to the government what they pay categories of employees by gender and race. On Tuesday, the Trump administration ordered it on hold and under review.

Ivanka Trump released a statement afterward.

“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” Trump said. “We look forward to continuing to work with [the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”

Ivanka Trump has built a brand around being a champion for working women, and as recently as April was using social media to cheer on the fight for equal pay.

This week Ivanka Trump has been silent on social media about equal pay issues, but there has been plenty of angry noise on Twitter reacting to her latest stance.

Advocates of equal pay say they had hoped Ivanka Trump would be a conduit to the Trump administration both in her role as first daughter and in her job as a high-profile, albeit unpaid, adviser to the president. However with Ivanka Trump's decision to support the White House move, many advocacy groups are looking elsewhere for a champion. They say their focus is on states and corporations, since they do not expect legislative movement in the Republican-controlled Congress, and are skeptical of policy changes coming from the Trump White House.