Ivanka Trump and her decidedly NOT Made-in-America line of faux-luxury schmattas should no longer be associated with the Macy’s brand, says a new petition from the women’s right’s group UltraViolet calling for the retail giant to drop her clothes and accessories due to the poor labor conditions at its international production facilities.
The petition, launched Thursday, has already received over 46,000 signatures as of this afternoon.
Says HuffPo: The petition cites the Ivanka Trump company’s ties to alleged sweatshops abroad and takes issue with President Donald Trump celebrating “Made In America” week last week despite the fact that much of his family’s merchandise is made elsewhere.
The petition also takes issue with Ivanka Trump portraying herself as an advocate for women:
″[E]ven worse is that Ivanka ― who has made herself out to be the White House’s leading advocate for women with her signature push for a meager paid parental leave policy ― has her brand’s products made exclusively in foreign sweatshops where abuse, dangerous conditions, criminally low pay, and child labor are the norm, according to a bombshell investigative report by the Washington Post.”
The Post report, published earlier this month, notes that Trump’s clothing and accessories are almost exclusively made overseas in places like Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. According to the paper, “her company lags behind many in the apparel industry when it comes to monitoring the treatment of the largely female workforce employed in factories around the world.”
“If Ivanka Trump is serious about serving as a ‘champion’ for working moms, she can start by living up to the values she claims to have by ensuring the women workers who make her brand’s products have access to safe, humane working conditions,” said UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary in a statement. “To stand on the stage at the Republican National Convention and claim to millions of Americans that you are an advocate for working mothers ― while exploiting women in countries abroad to make a buck — is a shameful display of hypocrisy.”
Representatives for Trump’s brand declined to comment.
You can add you signature to the petition here.
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