Former Employee Reveals Ivanka Trump's Surprising Response to Her Maternity Leave Request

May 2nd 2017

Kyle Fitzpatrick

Many are hoping that President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be the progressive voice of reason embedded behind the White House's walls.

Some are skeptical given her confusing stances on issues like abortion and constant ethical skirting. Yet, Trump has opposed her father on issues like protecting Syrian refugees and climate change which is giving some hope.

One of her biggest causes has been parental leave and child care, which might sound like good news, but Trump’s former employees have reason to believe her intentions aren’t entirely genuine.

Marissa Kraxberger, a former executive working for Trump, was given a very surprising response to a maternity leave inquiry in summer 2013, The New York Times reports.

“We don’t have maternity leave policy here; I went back to work one week after having my child, so that’s just not something I’m used to,” Trump reportedly said in response to Kraxberg's maternity leave inquiry, according to the New York Times.

Kraxberg and her peers pressed Trump and the company for a better policy that was eventually provided in summer 2014. ATTN: has reached out to Trump’s company for clarification and will update this piece when we hear back.


Since December, Trump has begun making moves toward ensuring paid maternity leave policies that her father outlined in September 2016. Her stance was criticized for being too hard-lined and specific as it only benefited moms. The proposed policy has since been reshaped to incorporate adoptive parents and fathers.

Trump’s views on parental leave are under pressure given this complicated history.

Concerns regarding her parental leave stances have been raised for months, potentially seen as a co-opting of feminist talking points to appeal to both constituents and potential shoppers.

In September 2016, Trump was pressed by Cosmopolitan to expound on holes in the proposed parental policy only to shrug them off.

Kraxberg has also spoken out about this issues previously: as ATTN: reported in October 2016, Kraxberg took to Facebook to express concerns that Trump’s efforts reflect a lack of understanding of the subject.

Moreover, Trump’s supposed co-opting of feminist causes like parental leave has repeatedly been publicly doubted. The concerns are that this is a means to appeal to potential shoppers of the Ivanka Trump brand via a Sheryl Sandberg appeal to working moms.




Parental leave is a serious issue in America, with an ATTN: video reporting on the issue in September 2016.

Only 21 percent of of large American companies offering employees paid maternity leave in the United States.

Despite many making a push for parental leave, little progress outside of proposed policies have been made. This is especially distressing given America's complete shrugging off of the matter, becoming an outlier compared to fellow developed nations.