When Ivanka Trump took the stage at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” summit on Wednesday, she meant business.
The business of paying for childcare, that is. Speaking at the conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Trump quickly brushed off moderator Nancy Gibbs’s questions about her father’s now-infamous 2005 bus tape (“I think my remarks were clear on this front,” she said, referring to a statement published Monday in Fast Company in which she called his comments “inappropriate and offensive”). Instead, she steered the conversation to an issue that deserves equal attention: the soaring costs of raising a child.
Trump, who works as executive VP of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization, played a starring role in crafting her father’s policy proposal for lowering child-care costs, a plan that would guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave for working mothers. The proposal is less generous than Hillary Clinton’s policy—which would give employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave, guaranteeing at least two-thirds of their regular pay—but is a striking departure from long-held Republican ideology.
At the Fortune Summit, Trump made clear that no matter what happens in November, she won’t be backing down from this issue.
When asked about her role in drafting her father’s policy, Trump said she was “proud” she played a part in “tilting the needle” on maternity leave. Trump added that she doesn’t usually discuss policy—”I’m not a surrogate, I’m a daughter,” she said—but affordable childcare is the one area in which she’s vocal.
“My opinion is a distraction, and, I believe, not all that relevant,” she told Gibbs. “But I made an exception on the childcare policy.”