Ivanka Trump arrived in Lima, Peru, on Thursday to represent the United States in the Summit of the Americas conference. The first daughter has quite a lot on her plate: She plans to speak on women‘s economic empowerment, introduce an initiative to aid that goal, and meet with Latin leaders and officials. However, some people have quickly pointed out a few issues with what we’ve seen from the trip thus far — including the notable presence of men.
Taking to her Instagram account to document the official trip, Trump has excitedly posted about the people and places that she’s visited. “Buenos días!” she exclaimed when she first touched down in the capital city, before explaining that she was on her way to the Lima Stock Exchange.
On the first leg of her visit, she engaged in a round-table discussion with women leaders and entrepreneurs of Peru. In the photos Ivanka posted, though, she was in the middle of men.
This morning, I met with women business leaders at the Lima Stock Exchange to discuss how we can further empower women in our hemisphere to take on leadership roles in the workplace and the importance of public-private partnerships to ensure women can thrive in the economy. #WomensEconomicEmpowerment ———— Esta mañana me reuní con mujeres emprendedoras y ejecutivas en la Bolsa de Valores de Lima. Discutimos la importancia de la cooperación público-privada para el empoderamiento de la mujer tanto en Latinoamérica como alrededor del mundo.
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“To her left, a man, to her right, a man,” one person commented on that photo. “Great job sending that message.” And the same demographic was seen in a later post, where she headed for dinner with a number of male politicians and CEOs.
Dinner at the historic Huaca Pucllana with President Vizcarra, IDB President Moreno, US Cabinet Secretaries and CEOs, culminating a great first day at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Lima. #SummitAmericas ———— Cenando en Huaca Pucllana con el Presidente Vizcarra, el Presidente Moreno (BID), Ministros de Gabinete de EEUU y CEOs para culminar un increíble primer día en Lima.
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The photos illustrate that there’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to getting more women into these executive positions. Others are pointing out Ivanka’s unrealistic path to success — her own father, Donald Trump, put her in the position of representing the U.S. for the summit.
I’m sure like most American business women these business women in Peru actually had to fight tooth and nail to get where they are. Ivankas idea of hardship is realizing people don’t bow down to her. Daddy gave her everything. What an insult to have her represent us #Humiliating
— ❄️GHObsession ❄️ (@GH_obsession) April 13, 2018
That said, some are giving Ivanka props for empowering women throughout the world, regardless of their personal politics.
“Not a fan of your father but, if you are trying to help and empower Latin American women, heck yes!!” someone wrote. Another simply stated, “The great role of women in every field is important.”
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