On Tuesday, the White House announced that it will stop the implementation of an Obama-era rule that had yet to go into effect and would have required businesses to collect data on how much they pay their workers based race, gender, and ethnicity, the Wall Street Journal reports. Obama proposed the policy back in 2016 in an effort to address discriminatory pay disparity.
Closing the wage gap is something that Ivanka Trump, a business woman and “unpaid assistant to the president” (per WSJ), has championed in several compelling advertisements for her public persona—at least when it comes to gender, the only kind of wage disparity that could possibly impact her in any way. Based on the shallowness of Ivanka’s commitment, it comes as no surprise that Ivanka threw her influence behind the White House’s decision, saying in a statement:
“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results. We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”
Again, no mention of race, or ethnicity, or substantial policy alternatives, only the vague invocation of “gender” alongside the boardroom buzzwords “relevant stakeholders,” by which I have a sneaking suspicion she does not mean “most people.”