Ivanka Trump: 'Motherhood' Has Created 'Wage Discrepancy'

Susan Jones | July 22, 2016 | 7:59am EDT
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Introducing her father at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Ivanka Trump made a pitch specifically to her generation -- and to mothers.

She said that "motherhood," more than gender, has created income inequality; and she described herself as belonging to neither political party.

"Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. More than party affiliation, I vote on based on what I believe is right, for my family and for my country. Sometimes it’s a tough choice. That is not the case this time," she said, pitching her father as the one who can "make America great again."

She described Donald Trump as "color blind and gender neutral," someone who has successfully navigated the "meritocracies" and "melting pots" found at his construction sites.

Ivanka, in a pitch to female voters, echoed Democrat calls for equal pay and "quality child care."

"At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out."

Ivanka noted that women make up 46 percent of the total U.S. labor force, and she said 40 percent of  "primary breadwinners" are women.

She also claimed, without citing her source, that in 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man; single women without children earn 94 cents for each dollar earned by a man, while married mothers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

"As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy in this country. Motherhood is."

Ivanka said her father, as president, "will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. And he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all."

Ivanka said as the mother of three young children -- the youngest born just a few months ago -- she knows how hard it is to work while raising a family, even though she's "far more fortunate than most."

"American families need relief," she said. "Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm. Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career.

"He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him," Ivanka promised.

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