As first daughter, Ivanka Trump has been an outspoken advocate of gender diversity in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).
"Female and minority participation in STEM fields is moving in the wrong direction," she said last year at the World Assembly for Women summit in Tokyo.
"We must create equal participation in these traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy."
So, what's her solution to the lack of diversity? Posing as a female scientist for a strategically planned White House photo op, of course.
Talking #WorkforceDevelopment and Infrastructure in Iowa today! @realDonaldTrump's #Infrastructure initiative includes a robust plan to expand skills-focused learning to prepare the next generation of American workers for 21st century job opportunities. pic.twitter.com/10md8d5tnz— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 19, 2018
The criticism started pouring in almost immediately after she posted her tweet.
Last summer she was blogging about champagne popsicles. This year she's apparently finding the cure to cancer.— AKhamis (@killawattannie) March 19, 2018
I imagine that as she did this she softly whispered to herself, "Science." pic.twitter.com/h501KJ1erh— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 20, 2018
And here we see super scientist Ivanka measuring the full amount of testosterone in Jared pic.twitter.com/e7OJielPBd— Tall Phin (@Just_Phintastic) March 20, 2018
No one can be sure just what Ivanka was hoping to achieve by pretending to be a scientist, but it probably wasn't to become the next internet meme sensation.
#IvankaTrump #ivankacosplay #ivankascientist #trumphair #ostrich #roadkill pic.twitter.com/egafQocXRl— C West (@CWest3118) March 20, 2018
Ok, here's my meme; I hope everyone looks at it, cause I'd love some opinions. There was so damned much material to choose from. pic.twitter.com/Ko2XSUWI4H— never claimed i was funny (@veronicamariez2) March 20, 2018
Instead of bringing awareness to actual female scientists in real life, Ivanka cut corners by pretending to be one herself - and the internet wasn't having any of it.
Ivanka: We want to take pictures of your jobs— Awesome Sauce (@captidiotdad) March 19, 2018
Scientists: Great, we'll make sure to look our best.
Ivanka: I actually meant pictures of me pretending to do your jobs. Sorry. https://t.co/WekmSrFKwf
Hey @IvankaTrump it's great that you like to cosplay as a scientist on Instagram but some of us are an #ActualLivingScientist. Tell us about what you're doing in this picture. I'm making a battery. #ILookLikeAnEngineer pic.twitter.com/fW5CFxLYAF— Holly aka Leia ? (@absolutspacegrl) March 20, 2018
Some critics like congressional candidate Jess Phoenix wanted to know how Ivanka could claim to support science while her father proposed massive cuts to scientific reseach.
Hey Ivanka, how about you stop posing as a scientist and instead tell your dad's administration to fund science budgets for crucial research? Sounds like a plan. https://t.co/WzgwQfHvTu— Jess Phoenix (@jessphoenix2018) March 20, 2018
While others were able to find the positive in the situation.
Say what you will about the Ivanka "scientist" photo; at least she is wearing proper PPE.— .... (@BrandonDoughan) March 20, 2018
That's better than 80% of all sciency stock photos.
Still, not everyone was happy with Ivanka's safety protocol.
I love baiting my scientist sister with things like, "Hey, look at this picture of Ivanka Trump pretending to be a scientist and tell me all the things that are wrong with it." pic.twitter.com/Gpjt1YI4lR— Bethany Bryan (@BethvilleMayor) March 20, 2018
And many were left wondering: how did we even end up here?
Trump is a president.— One Little Voice (@1singlevoice) March 20, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg is a villain.
Ivanka is a scientist.
What the hell is happening?!
Twitter wasn't the only one having way too much fun with the photo op. Ivanka's post even started a photoshop battle on Reddit.
The result was pretty much everything we needed in 2018.
This article was originally published by Science As Fact.
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