Throughout the 2016 election cycle and during his transition into the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump has been characterized by his temperament, often defying convention during his campaign. Balancing out his larger-than-life personality, is his daughter, Ivanka Trump. In contrast to Donald Trump’s showmanship, Ivanka has projected a calm, cool, and collected presence during the campaign, earning the begrudging admiration of some of Donald’s harshest critics.
Recently, predictions that she may assume the role of First Lady have become more and more prevalent. Melania Trump, Donald’s wife, and their son Barron, will stay in New York while Barron finishes out the school year. If Ivanka takes on the role of First Lady, she will not be the first presidential daughter to do so. The position would put her in the company of past First Ladies Anna Roosevelt (FDR’s daughter), Martha Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson’s daughter), and Harriet Lane (James Buchanan’s niece). The historic precedent provides further strength for Ivanka – a capable, even formidable businesswoman – to occupy the office.