Is Ivanka Trump America’s most powerful Jewish woman?

CNN names Ivanka as most powerful Jewish woman in US; Twitter disagrees.


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An article published by CNN on Friday bears the headline “Ivanka Trump: America’s most powerful Jewish woman.”

Authors Maeve Reston and Betsy Klein discuss Ivanka’s Jewishness (her Orthodox conversion, her trip to the Western Wall, etc.) and posit that the president’s daughter is in a unique position to “guide a national conversation about the rising number of threats to Jewish community centers and places of worship.”

The piece, however, doesn’t offer much evidence to back up its headline.

Commentators on Twitter seized on the opportunity to critique the article and offer their own thoughts on the most powerful Jewish women in America. Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen as well as Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan were frequently named.

Ivanka Trump: America’s most powerful Jewish woman

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 2, 2017

"Say what?" -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 2, 2017

Janet Yellen, a Jewish woman, is like the second most powerful person in America.

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 2, 2017

I didn't want to get into a Twitter fight about the most powerful Jewish woman in Washington today, but you RBG types are nuts. It's Yellen.

— Pete Schroeder (@peteschroeder) June 2, 2017

Fact check: Janet Yellen is far more powerful but people don't know this because she has a nerd job that takes lots of effort to understand.

— Alan Cole (@AlanMCole) June 2, 2017

More powerful Jewish women, ranked:
1. RBG
2. Elena Kagan
3. Janet Yellen
4. Babs
5. Me
6. My Mother, Who's A Doctor
7. The Satmar Rebbetzin

— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) June 2, 2017

Journalist Steve Goldstein even quickly wrote an opinion piece in MarketWatch with the headline “No, Ivanka Trump is not the most powerful Jewish woman in America.” His pick? Yellen.

“Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen can, on certain days, be considered the most powerful person, male or female, Jewish or gentile, in the entire world,” Goldstein wrote.

“The power of US monetary policy can help create, or take away, millions of jobs and move billions of dollars around the globe, and the Fed chief usually holds sway over the policy-making Federal Open Market Committee, regardless of a dissent or two.”

Actor Zach Braff commented on CNN’s original tweet of the article, suggesting that “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot might actually be the most powerful Jewish woman in the US (despite the fact that she’s Israeli and new to Los Angeles).


— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) June 2, 2017

After taking a break from Twitter during Shavuot, Ivanka logged back on Thursday night to mark LGBTQ Pride Month — and was swiftly condemned by gay rights advocates for being “complicit” in the anti-gay policies of the Trump administration.