Ivanka Trump Supports Anne Hathaway’s Paid Parental Leave Speech

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Ivanka Trump Anne Hathaway Paid Leave

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Ivanka Trump Anne Hathaway Paid Leave

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Ivanka Trump expressed her support on Thursday for Anne Hathaway’s United Nations speech urging paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers.

On International Women’s day earlier this month, Hathaway, a global goodwill ambassador for UN Women, called for paid leave plans to be more inclusive. “The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women,” the actress said, “but limits men’s participation and connection within the family and society.”

Hathaway went on to implore “a call to action for countries, companies and institutions globally to step-up and become champions for paid parental leave.” She added, “You will benefit by living in a more evolved world with policies not based on gender… The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand because we know that beyond the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love, and parents are parents.”

On Thursday, Trump tweeted a link to a video of the actress’s UN address, and added, “Watch Anne Hathaway’s excellent speech on #PaidLeave at the United Nations in honor of #InternationalWomensDay.” However, the oldest daughter of President Donald Trump was criticized last year for proposing a maternity plan that would benefit only birth mothers, and not recognize fathers, adoptive parents, or same-sex couples.

But earlier this month, the first daughter reportedly pushed for the Trump administration to revise its parental leave plan so that it would provide both mothers and fathers, adoptive and biological, with paid leave. White House officials are still contemplating the decision to change its proposed parental leave policy. Watch video of Hathaway’s UN speech below.

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