Girls Who Code CEO demands Ivanka Trump remove her story from her new book or stop being complicit

'Ivanka Trump don't use my story in Women Who Work unless you are going to stop being complicit,' says Reshma Saujani

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The Independent US

The CEO of Girls Who Code has demanded Ivanka Trump retract her story from her newly released book unless she stops being “complicit” in her father’s policies.

Ms Trump, President Donald Trump’s second child, released a book titled Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success on Tuesday. The book centres on career advice, seeking personal fulfilment, and juggling work and motherhood.

Reshma Saujani, the founder of the non-profit organisation which seek to support and increase the amount of women in computer science, urged the first daughter to remove her story.

One passage of Ms Trump’s book is dedicated to Ms Saujani and Girls Who Code, a group which offers free summer courses and after-school programs to teach computing skills to girls. It predicts it will reach 40,000 girls in all 50 US states by the end of the year. 

"She personally witnessed the gender gap in computing classes and set out to do something about it," the passage reads.

Ms Saujani is by no means the first person to accuse Ms Trump, who has recently taken up a role as an unpaid White House advisor, of being complicit in the actions of the Trump administration and failing to adequately stand up to her father.

It has been a charge frequently levied against her and she has also come under heavy criticism for simultaneously presenting herself as a positive role model for women and female empowerment while not holding President Trump to account for his policies and rhetoric.

Hollywood actor, Scarlett Johansson, vented her frustrations about Ms Trump in a Saturday Night Live faux perfume advert sketch titled “complicit” in March. A voiceover introduced the first daughter, saying: "she’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s complicit”.

When Ms Trump was probed about accusations of complicity and suggestions she has been involved in morally questionable activities in an interview with CBS last month, she appeared not to know the meaning of the word complicit.

“I don't know what it means to be complicit,” she told CBS. “But you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.” 

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