Ivanka's Advice for Stressed Women: Try Calligraphy

'Don't gossip' among business tips in new book
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2017 1:48 PM CDT
Ivanka's Advice for Stressed Women: Try Calligraphy
Ivanka Trump at the W20 Summit in Berlin on April 25, 2017.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

Ivanka Trump says her new book, with tips on how to be a successful working woman, is a "manual for architecting the life you want to live." Reviewers say Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success is a nauseating read with no more helpful advice than "don't gossip," "success is a team sport," and "passion is what makes us feel most alive." One such individual, Jennifer Senior at the New York Times, says Trump shows a clear "class bias," patting herself on the back for her work-life balance with barely a reference to her nanny. In between mentions of Trump hotels and her fashion lines, she also suggests grocery shopping isn't that important and complains she was too busy for a massage during the 2016 campaign, Senior says.

Trump also suggests women relieve stress through calligraphy or chess, reports Politico. Catherine Lucey at the AP considers this to be "earnest advice" from a serious businesswoman. But the book is "a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes" from others, says Senior, calling it "not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative." Jane Goodall is among those quoted (without her prior knowledge) and says she hopes Trump will carefully consider her advice on deciding "what kind of difference you want to make" since wildlife protections "have all been jeopardized" by her father's administration, per Mashable. Trump is "complicit" in that administration, adds Girls Who Code founder Reshmi Saujani, another individual who was not at all pleased to have been quoted, per CNET. (Ivana Trump is writing an "unfiltered" memoir.)

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