Girls Who Code Founder Featured in Ivanka Trump's Book Tells First Daughter: 'Don't Use My Story'
The founder of Girls Who Code has a message for Ivanka Trump after the eldest first daughter used the tech exec’s work in a new book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success.
Trump praised Reshma Saujani, who created a non-profit organization devoted to teaching women how to code and closing the gender gap in the tech industry, as someone who “personally witnessed the gender gap in computing classes and set out to do something about it” in her book, according to CNN. However, Saujani tweeted that she doesn’t want to be included while the businesswoman stands by her father, President Donald Trump.
“Don’t use my story in #WomenWhoWork unless you are going to stop being #complicit,” Saujani wrote on Twitter after the book was released on Tuesday.
Trump’s labeling as “complicit” was brought on by her branding herself as a champion for women while supporting what many see as her father’s controversial policies. Saturday Night Live also aired a mock commercial in which Scarlett Johansson played the first daughter promoted her signature scent, Complicit.
“Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some of the amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women-now and in the future,” Trump wrote on her website. She announced on Facebook that she will donate proceeds from the book to the National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit,” she said.
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“I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” Trump added, “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.”
Merriam-Webster was quick to correct Trump on Twitter, sharing a link to the actual definition of the word complicit: “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.”