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Jane Goodall is not at all pleased with being quoted in Ivanka Trump’s book – A N I T H
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Jane Goodall is not at all pleased with being quoted in Ivanka Trump’s book

Jane Goodall is not at all pleased with being quoted in Ivanka Trump’s book


Jane Goodall is none too pleased with Ivanka Trump quoting her.

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If you’ve read Ivanka Trump’s book Women Who Work (which you probably haven’t, but we have) you’ll notice the heavy amount of quotes (at least 50 per cent) from other famous people.

British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, 83, happens to be one of the lucky many. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make,” her quote reads.

But Goodall is not too pleased about the acknowledgement, considering her support for action on climate change and environmental conservation. Via the Jane Goodall Institute, she released a statement to Mashable.

“I understand that Ms. Trump has used one of my quotes in her forthcoming book. I was not aware of this, and have not spoken with her, but I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart,” she said.

Goodall said legislation passed by previous governments to help protect wildlife — like the Endangered Species Act, the creation of national monuments, plus laws to ensure clean air and water — “have all been jeopardized by this administration.”

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“She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm,” Goodall said. “I hope that Ms. Trump will stand with us to value and cherish our natural world and protect this planet for future generations.”

Ivanka Trump’s representatives released a statement to CNNMoney which said her book was not meant to be political.

“Ivanka has always believed that no one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas,” the statement said. “When she was writing this book, she included quotes from many different thought leaders who’ve inspired Ivanka and helped inform her viewpoints over the years.”

Those “thought leaders” consist of people whose quotes you’ve likely seen on Instagram, such Steve Jobs, Mark Twain, Sun Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, and time-management guru Stephen Covey.

It also includes a story from Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. And, you guessed it, she wasn’t happy about her inclusion either.

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