Thursday, October 15, 2015

Donald Trump’s History of Promoting Women

Lisa Belkin at Yahoo politics looks back at Donald Trump’s business career and discovers he has a history of hiring and promoting women.
What’s up with Donald Trump and ‘the women’? Not what you might think.
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. They are killers.
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.
Surprise indeed.
While he’s spent his whole career saying things that are arguably sexist, like “You wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful,” and things that are seemingly patronizing, like “I cherish women,” and “I will be phenomenal to the women,” Trump has consistently hired women for positions of real power in his organization and been darned proud of doing so.

Read the whole thing.

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