Just when it seems like we’ve exhausted everything to talk about with the Trump family, his daughter Ivanka releases a new book. Ivanka Trump’s new book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” is exactly the type of book a woman in Ivanka’s position can write that the average woman couldn’t. It’s full of insider secrets and brief glimpses into Ivanka’s private life with her husband and children. It’s also full of advice on how to succeed as a working women, whether that is married or unmarried, with kids or without. Here at FFL, we love to empower women who work and show the beauty in female entrepreneurship. We devoured Ivanka Trump’s new book and have reviewed it for you.

If you’re in your mid-twenties, looking for a career guide on how to rise in a corporate office, and make decisions that won’t leave you desperately alone with your cat if you want to be married with three kids, this is the book for you. If you’re a teenage college student who still doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life, you might find this book a little overwhelming. Still, read it.

Ivanka Trump has clearly lived a very full life for a woman of 35. She is cognizant of the privilege she has been afforded in life thanks to her surname. She notes that this privilege and her new position in the world allows her to “have the opportunity to take that work to new heights and advocate for change on a far greater scale” than she had ever imagined before.  It is important to note that this book was written before her father won the presidency. Critics will say that everything Ivanka has become is because of her father.  While that may be what got her started, after reading this book, I don’t think that’s the whole story. From the anecdotes told and the lessons conveyed, it is clear that Ivanka is a woman who has worked, has risen in the business world, and paid attention along the way. Was her path easier than most? Almost certainly, but that does not mean that we should discount what lessons she is willing to share from that path.

The attention to detail paid in this book is exquisite. If you are truly looking for a guide book to being a working woman, look no further. If you’re trying to negotiate a raise or severance package, she’s got you covered, and in depth. The same goes for building your own brand and hiring the right people. One of my favorite features of the book was the little guides and infographics embedded throughout with action items the reader could take.

Another huge asset of this book was the wealth of knowledge it draws upon. This book isn’t just about what Ivanka Trump has learned from being Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump. This book is about what Ivanka, female entrepreneur and total girlboss, has learned from life and the successful men and woman around her. Embedded within this book are some amazing quotes from people successful in all walks of life, including Tory Burch, Stephen Covey, Sheryl Sandberg, and more. If you need an inspirational quote with your business lesson, look no further.

One of my biggest qualms with this book, and perhaps my only real qualm, is that this book is clearly written by a wealthy white-collar working woman for other white-collar working women. The career advice and life lessons Ivanka offers only apply if you’re working in a corporate office or starting your own upscale business. This advice isn’t necessarily applicable in its current format to women who work in service professions, as nurses and teachers and other crucial providers.  It isn’t necessarily a blueprint for women who don’t have a degree, either. If you’re an educated woman who wants to climb the corporate ladder or start a media strategy company, this book can be a real asset to you. If you’re a woman who wants to be a nurse or a teacher or an actress, it might not be as helpful for your chosen path. This does not mean you shouldn’t read it. It’s a fascinating read for many reasons, but the life blueprint that Ivanka Trump outlines is a blueprint for people who want a life like Ivanka Trump, not Mrs. Jones down the street.

If you’re looking to feel inspired and fired up to kick your career into overdrive, pick up Ivanka Trump’s book, Women Who Work:  Rewriting the Rules for Success here or wherever books are sold.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member