Ivanka Trump’s new book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success went on sale Tuesday and almost immediately invited intense criticism from every corner of the internet, says Katherine Brooks, who has undertaken a true public service by assembling a neat, little compendium of criticism here for those of us who are just too busy working, mothering, resisting or otherwise surviving (without the help of a full-time staff) in Trump’s new version of America to sit down to ponder her new book—otherwise described as a “vapid,” “witlessly derivative,” “strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes”—during the course of our day.
Often, the melange of quotes and how-to lists give the book more the aesthetic of a Pinterest board than a career guide,” says NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben.
Ivanka has said that her book is meant to “inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities.” However, many women, at least among the women who review, found her book lacking somewhat in… content.
“In this way, the book is not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative,” says Jennifer Senior in NYT, “endlessly recapitulating the wisdom of other, canonical self-help and business books. …(Profiting handsomely off the hard work of others appears to be a signature Trumpian trait.)”
Other comments were more personal and, well, political.
While Slate’s Michelle Goldberg took Ivanka to task for her unchecked privilege, calling her book “a celebration of the unlimited possibilities open to working women when they have full-time household help” that “exploits and cheapens feminism.”