US presidential candidate Donald Trump is a feminist who has “lived” gender equality, his daughter has said.
Ivanka Trump said that the polarising Republican hopeful had “employed women at the highest levels” of his businesses.
Her 70-year-old billionaire father has consistently polled badly with women in the US in the recent months of the election campaign, which comes to a head in November’s election.
A Fox News poll at the end of June showed him 19 per cent behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton among female voters.
But Ivanka, 34, who works on his campaign, told the Sunday Times her father’s feminism was “a big reason I am the woman I am today”.
She added: “He always told me and showed me that I could do anything I set my mind to if I married vision and passion with work ethic. He’s also surrounded me with strong female role models who have done just that since I was a little girl.
“People talk about gender equality. He has lived it, he has employed women at the highest levels of the Trump Organization for decades, so I think it’s a great testament to how capable he thinks women are and has shown that his whole life.”