Ivanka Trump’s new book, “Women Who Work,” is packed with inspirational quotes from entrepreneurs, authors and activists.
However, according to The New York Times, some of these people are now feeling uncomfortable about their inclusion in the first daughter’s book, which was published on Tuesday.
Among them is Umber Ahmad, the founder of Mah Ze Dahr Bakery, who is profiled in the book as an example of a woman who succeeded by pursuing her passions. Ahmad told the Times that, ultimately, “the only test is whether [Ivanka Trump] is able to achieve something other than personal gain.”
Another appears to be Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Code. Saujani tweeted at Ivanka Trump on Tuesday afternoon telling her not to feature her story in “Women Who Work” unless she is “going to stop being #complicit.”
— Reshma Saujani (@reshmasaujani) May 2, 2017
Many other people who are quoted in the book are known to be outspoken critics of President Donald Trump.
The work of Anne-Marie Slaughter, a political scientist who was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and also one of Clinton’s former aides, is quoted extensively in the book. Slaughter, who has called Donald Trump “toxic,” is well-known for her piece in The Atlantic, titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” and a follow-up book, “Unfinished Business.” Both works cover issues relating to women in the workplace.
- Brendan McDermid/Reuters
Among those quoted include actress Cynthia Nixon, who said Trump’s presidency made her “scared for her daughter;” New York Times columnist David Brooks, who called Trump a “childish man;” and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who joked about sending Trump to space. Other people who opposed Trump’s election that are quoted in the book include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson, and television host Mika Brzezinski.
Ivanka Trump, who now serves as an unpaid advisor in the White House, notes in the foreword of the book that she wrote the book as her father, Donald Trump, was running for president, and that the manuscript was completed before the election. Throughout the book, she mentions many lessons she learned campaigning with her father, including the importance of listening to voices outside one’s own “echo chamber.”