Joan Walsh: Ivanka Trump's 'Girlie' Dress Shows She Is Not a Feminist

July 12, 2017

Self-proclaimed feminist and MSNBC contributor Joan Walsh criticized Ivanka Trump's G-20 summit outfit for being too "girlie" on Sunday, saying it did not show an "equal place for women at the table."

"I don't mean to sound sexist," Walsh told MSNBC host Thomas Roberts. "It can be dangerous to comment on what women wear, but the fact that she sat in for her father in a dress that was so incredibly ornamental was such a contradiction in terms."

Walsh said that in authoritarian societies, daughters are "property," and that Trump was sending a message about "the place of women in this administration."

"Do you think you are opening yourself up about the bows?" Roberts asked.

Trump was wearing a pale pink, knee-length dress with bows on the sleeves.

"That's not a dress that's made for work. That's not a dress that's made to go out in the world and make a difference," Walsh said. "That is a dress that is designed to show off your girliness, and, you know, God bless her, show it off, but don't then tell us that you're crusading for an equal place for women at the table because you're not."

"So you can't be a feminist and be girlie at the same time?" Roberts asked.

"You can be a feminist and be girlie. We all have our girlie days, but I think showing up, taking your fathers' seat in a pink dress with big bows on the sleeves is really an interesting message," Walsh said.

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