Nordstrom, Amazon and Macy’s are among the stores women are skipping.
Thousands of women have started boycotting Ivanka Trump’s clothing line and the department stores it’s sold at as a reaction to the 34 year-old’s continuing support of her father’s political campaign, despite numerous sexual assault allegations and the leaked “locker room talk” tape.
The movement was started by technology and media marketing specialist, Shannon Coulter, who created the hashtag #GrabYourWallet, a play on Donald Trump’s now infamous comment about grabbing women “by the pussy”.
Coulter is a victim of sexual assault in the workplace and says when she heard Trump’s sexist words on the leaked tape, she had “the same feeling that I had that day – of being nothing more than an object. No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, they can do that to us.”
Coulter posted the names of all the women who have come forward with their sexual assault allegations against Trump saying, “for them and for myself, I will not shop at any store that profits from Donal or Ivanka Trump products.”
— Shannon Coulter ? (@shannoncoulter) October 18, 2016
The campaign has racked up over two million impressions on Twitter with over 50,000 people pledging to join the boycott. Coulter has since posted a list of all retailers selling Ivanka Trump’s clothes and accessories, among them Nordstrom, Amazon and Macy’s.
Not only are people tweeting about the boycott, they’re also posting photos of Ivanka Trump’s clothing tags, stating the products are made in Asia.
— Julia Jackson (@JuliaSJackson) October 24, 2016
Others explain the boycott as a way to stand up for every victim of sexual assault.
For every sexually abused woman who was the victim of a man whose power made him think she was nothing, I won’t buy Trump. https://t.co/NUmONLApXB
— Helena Baptiste (@sumbodysbabygrl) October 22, 2016
When asked how she reconciles supporting her father’s campaign while running a business that champions working women, Ivanka Trump said at a conference earlier this month that her brand was “launched far before the presidential cycle commenced and will continue long afterwards.”.
She went on to explain it’s not always easy to do both.
“I’ve always tried to maintain complete separation between that and the campaign. With that said, you know, one of the challenging things is just operating, living one’s life, with the intensity and the scrutiny of this process is a very hard thing actually to do.”
This is not the first time Trump’s daughter has refrained from commenting on her father’s election campaign, abruptly cutting an interview with Cosmopolitan short last month when asked to comment on her dad’s stance on maternity leave.
Donald Trump has not yet commented on the #GrabYourWallet campaign.
It remains to be seen if any of the department stores included in the boycott will pull Ivanka Trump’s line from their shelves. So far, only Nordstrom have released a statement saying, “We have received some feedback from customers, though we don’t currently have plans to stop offering this brand.”.
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Comment: Will you be boycotting Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, or do you think it’s unfair to punish Ivanka for her father’s actions?