As mothers, wives and women, both American and non-American living abroad, we write to both of you respectfully as Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.
We turn to you both with the strongest and most sincere hopes that you will listen to our words, and our heartfelt concerns for the future of our families and children.
After a vicious and visceral election campaign with no clear signs on how to heal a divided America, we hope that you as women will use your influence to make a difference in your new roles in the White House.
On SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, Melania, you have already publicly stated that you want to concentrate on how to stop cyberbullying. We hear you loud and clear and wholeheartedly encourage and support your efforts. Please do help denounce intimidating Twitter posts, eradicate the spread of reckless fake news, and fight against the propagation of conspiracy theories that create scaremongering. You’re absolutely right to speak out on all forms of condescending bullying aimed at putting people in their place. We, as women, need to set an example and teach our children to become better people.
Protecting our ENVIRONMENT is a priority for us. In our everyday actions, women pay more attention to using non-polluting products, avoiding pesticides, separating garbage and considering organic food. Is it true Ivanka, that you too have expressed interested in learning more about the impact of climate change on our daily lives? Is that why you met with Al Gore and Leonardo Di Caprio? As international women living and working in Paris, we witnessed the signing of COP21 by more than 160 countries last year. We were privy to daily global coverage showing the importance of reducing carbon emissions to avoid a dangerous, polluted world for future generations. Share with us, Ivanka, how you will teach your small children to work towards a cleaner world.
Do you worry about PUBLIC SAFETY too? Living in France, we have sadly witnessed firsthand how dangerous and unstable this world is today. Funny, once you live outside of America, you can’t help but be more conscious of what’s happening in neighboring European countries, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia because we live in the heart of the geography. You see how each country’s words and actions impact another. Please don’t let men dismiss the importance of diplomacy, the seriousness of war or the tragedy of neglect.
TRUST. It’s so hard for the average person to understand what is real or not anymore. How did it become acceptable overnight to sow the seed of doubt at every opportunity? When did it become necessary to prove things were true rather than prove they were lies? If we can’t trust the institutions, and the men and women who are supposed to protect us, then who and what can we believe in? How do we as women protect our families from this growing vulnerability? Who will represent our voices to ensure that affordable childcare, responsible planned parenting and job parity remain important issues?
Words matter. Actions matter. As America’s First Lady and First daughter, you both will be important role models for our children and us. INSPIRE us as only women can do, engage in causes that CONNECT our communities and EMPOWER women to stand up and be respected with your words and actions.
Please don’t remain silent. And most importantly, seize this valuable opportunity to instill hope in those who feel decency has lost its way in this aggressive and uncertain world.
The INSPIRELLE Team