The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and world-renowned conservationist, Jane Goodall, just had an interesting encounter of words and advice. It started when Ivanka’s new book, “Women Who Work,” was released on Tuesday. The book includes a quote from Jane Goodall (83), who has given her life to researching chimps and become a crusader for the conserving the environment. “What you do makes a difference,” the quote reads, “and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
The release of the book and the reference to Goodall was ironically timely since the book dropped less than a week after many people marched in Washington to demand action on climate change. This is a movement that Jane Goodall has ardently supported. Goodall took the opportunity to make a statement and also give the president’s daughter some advice.
“I understand that Ms. Trump has used one of my quotes in her forthcoming book,” Goodall said in a statement provided to The Washington Post. “I was not aware of this, and have not spoken with her, but I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart.”
Jane Goodall then began to reference legislation passed by previous administrations like the Endangered Species Act and other clean air and water laws that have been “jeopardized by this administration.” Goodall said of Ivanka, “She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm,” Goodall said. “I hope that Ms. Trump will stand with us to value and cherish our natural world and protect this planet for future generations.”
A representative for Ivanka Trump said in a statement to “CNNMoney” that “Women Who Work” is not a political book and the manuscript was submitted months before the election. “Ivanka has always believed that no one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas,” the statement said. “When she was writing this book, she included quotes from many different thought leaders who’ve inspired Ivanka and helped inform her viewpoints over the years.” Ivanka’s book includes advice from celebrities, business leaders and other influential people on issues like leadership, success, balance between life and work and making a difference in the world. She has pledged to donate a portion of the book’s advance as well as royalties to charity.
This isn’t the first time that Jane Goodall has weighed in on the Trump administration. Shortly before Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president, she told “The Atlantic” that in many ways, “The performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals. In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks,” Goodall said. “The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
What do you think about this encounter between Ivanka and Jane? Do you think that the advice will be taken?
Credit: The Washington Post