women who work or women working?


Women’s Bodies At Work

I think this woman working is just attaching the sail to the…what’s that thing called? I’ll just call it a cable. It’s crazy how even the simplest of tasks, ones we ourselves are unacquainted with, can look mysterious. Ever see a cook whack a clove of garlic with the side of a chef’s knife? If you didn’t know what they’re doing, it would look positively barbaric!

There are so many jobs that women do, and the women doing them all look very different.

I love this woman’s strong body. She looks like she belongs standing on the rigging of a boat. Do our bodies choose our occupations, or do our occupations form our bodies, or neither?

I’ve seen what looks like a delicate little creature carving up a side of beef. And I’ve seen what might once have been called a “battle-axe” gently cleaning a wound. 

Women Who Work

All I’m sure of is that women work, most women work very hard for most of their lives. Then a woman like Ivanka Trump comes along and writes a dumb ass book like “Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success,” and it serves to trivialize most women’s lives by suggesting that her own, trivial, sacrifices are similar to theirs.

All I have to say is, sorry Ivanka, most women work. 

Worldwide, most women work because they actually have to. They can’t choose to stay at home with the maid, au pair, and kids until it’s time for the massage at the spa. I felt personally affronted by the audacity it takes to put out into the world a lot of stolen stories, then glue them together with pablum and call that the act of writing.

Ivanka, you have rewritten nothing. 

It’s the women who work hard everyday just to provide their families with the basics of food, clothing, and health care who have rewritten rules. It’s the women who have to choose between time with their children or a little more money to make the children more secure in the future. Those women are the ones who have rewritten the rules because they have had to.  

Furthermore, although the position could not be mine, because I’m not qualified for it, I feel personally affronted when an equally unqualified, rich woman gets a job assisting the president and an office in the most important house in the country, to sit around and ponder where she’ll “do the most good.”

She Wants More

Imagine if that position were to go to some educated, qualified, young person from a poor family, perhaps a minority family? That’s who the job should have gone to, to someone who actually sacrificed something.

It makes no difference to me if she is paid for her White House job or not, and whether or not the proceeds of her book go to charity, Ivanka Trump is in need of nothing.  

Somewhere though, there’s a young woman who recently graduated with a degree in social policy, political science, or non profit management, and she could have used that job. That young woman would be thrilled with her own safe, clean, well appointed little office.

She would not have to ponder where she could do the most good, she would already know.

No, Trump is in need of nothing and yet she still wants more. We all know that she could figure out where she could do the most good anywhere. She doesn’t need an office in Washington to do that, but she still wants more and that’s just greed.


Than you, Denton Taylor, for the picture of the woman working.



  • Haralee says:

    Amen Anita. I haven’t read her book but I will, from the library of course!

  • Rene Perdue says:

    Thank you! Well said!

  • Perfect assessment. Thank you for speaking up and out.

  • Mary B. says:

    Excellent. Perfectly put. Thank you.

  • Amen to that Anita! I have been a feminist since I could even remember (even as a child!) but knowing Ivanka was in the oval office as a ‘president adviser’ during ‘climate change’ discussions doesn’t resonate with me.

    Keep up the great posts!

    • Anita Irlen says:

      Daniela, I’ll say it to you too. Sorry for the late reply, a block of comments got lost. Ironically, on this post that people seemed to really like. I wasn’t even sure if I should continue to beat the drum… But I’m glad I did. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate what you are doing. Might have to do a post 🙂

  • Royleen says:

    Well done, you!

  • Elaine says:

    Well put! Thank you for articulating what many of us were thinking but could not put into words.

  • Donna says:

    As a woman who works hard, damn hard, I have a hard time throwing at stones at other women who work. I can’t gauge another person’s experience. What I know is my livelihood depends on women who can afford to pay for my services. Rich people don’t offend me, neither are they useless. And the rich woman who was in my life for most of my life worked very, very hard. I aspire to be someone who can afford to retire….sometime. But for now that won’t happen and I’m 62. So I will continue to depend on people of means, like most of us.

    • Anita Irlen says:


      I’m sorry for this very late reply to your comment! But I do want to reply. I have absolutely nothing against people of “means” or even the very rich. But even the rich need to have a sense of ethics, what’s right and what’s wrong. And when you have absolute loads of money, like the Trumps, you CAN choose exactly what you want to do with your money. Thanks for your comment Donna.

  • Amen to that. So well put my friend, thank you. xx

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