Thursday, October 15, 2015
The 1989 cover of Savvy Woman and an outtake from the photo shoot.
Left to right: Blanche Sprague, Donald Trump, Susan Heilbron and
Barbara Res. (Photos: George Lange)
Donald Trump grinned out from the cover of Savvy Woman magazine in November of 1989 flanked by three women wearing big shoulder pads, high collars and plenty of kohl eyeliner.
“Trump’s Top Women,” the headline read. And the subhead: “Surprise! Mr. Macho’s Inner Circle Isn’t An All-Boys’ Club.”
As he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”: “I’ve had such an amazing relationship with women in business. They are amazing executives. .”
Twenty-six years ago, for instance, when Savvy Woman ran him on the cover, four of the eight people in Trump’s innermost circle were women, including his then wife Ivana, who was not in any of these particular photos but who was running the Plaza Hotel at the time. The others, all executive vice presidents, were: Barbara Res, who was in charge of construction of Trump Tower and then the Plaza; Blanche Sprague, head of project development; and Susan Heilbron, who was Trump’s chief lawyer.
While he’s spent his whole career saying things that are arguably sexist, like “,” and things that are seemingly patronizing, like “,” and “,” Trump has consistently hired women for positions of real power in his organization and been darned proud of doing so.