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Ivanka Trump Laments Working Without Time For Massage

| by Michael Allen

First daughter Ivanka Trump laments in her new book "Women Who Work, Rewriting the Rules for Success" how she did not have time to get a massage during her father's presidential campaign.

In her new book, which was released on May 2, Ivanka recalls going into "survival mode," notes The Guardian:

During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else. Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes…

Ivanka, the 35-year-old daughter of billionaire President Donald Trump, also assures her reading audience: "Women who work are real."

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Ivanka is currently a White House adviser, and her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior adviser to the president; they have no prior experience in government. They have three children, and reportedly have at least $240 million in assets.

In a book excerpt gleaned by Fortune, Ivanka recalled her struggles on going public with her working mother experiences:

I began to wonder whether I had been doing women who work a disservice by not owning the reality that, because I’ve got an infant, I’m in my bathrobe at 7 a.m. and there’s pureed avocado all over me.

I realized that it might be helpful in changing the narrative -- even in a small way -- to, for example, debunk the superwoman myth by posting a photo that my husband candidly snapped of me digging in the garden with the kids in our backyard, my hair in a messy ponytail, dirt on my cheek. I’ve been careful not to pretend it’s easy because it is not.

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A former executive who worked for Ivanka Trump’s brand was asked by The Guardian on May 1 what it was like working for Ivanka, and replied: "I can’t talk. They are the most litigious family out there."

Four of Ivanka's five most senior executives -- from the early days -- left her company after less than two years.

"Each [of the four key executives] left for their own reasons but it’s telling that they’ve all gone ... You don’t leave somewhere if things are great," an ex-senior figure told The Guardian.

In her new book, Ivanka notes her routine with her team:

I start making the rounds at 5:30[pm] to check in and announce that I’m going home as I leave. My team knows that I trust them to make the right decisions about how they allocate their time, and they would never abuse the privilege. They also know to expect e-mails from me at 11pm -- and that I don’t expect an answer at that hour, unless they, like me, leave early!

Sources: The Guardian (2), Fortune / Photo credit: Ryan Johnson/Wikimedia Commons

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