The First Daughter, who moved into her own West Wing office last month, advocated for gender equality during the campaign and is now working to reform the nation's child-care system. Her Germany appearance comes a week before the release of her advice book, "Women Who Work."
"From a global standpoint, female entrepreneurs are further disadvantaged by legislation impeding women's economic opportunities," Ivanka Trump co-wrote in a column Monday for the Financial Times, "restricting them from certain professions, preventing them from travelling, and constraining their ability to inherit or own land."
But female entrepreneurs in the United States say the White House is making their jobs even harder.
Women-owned businesses tend to face a disadvantage when it comes to expanding into foreign markets - and experts say Trump's talk on trade and immigration has made it harder for them to pursue international opportunities.
The president has threatened, for example, to slap steep tariffs on goods from China and Mexico. He has asked for a review of the high-skilled worker visa, which tech companies rely on for talent. His travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim nations risked straining relations with Middle Eastern countries and America's democratic allies.
All of this can impede an entrepreneur's step into internationalization, or the act of growing beyond the American border, said Nathalie Molina Nino, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Brava, a holding company that bankrolls women-benefiting startups.
"Women are at a particular disadvantage," Molina Nino said, "because unlike large, well-funded companies, women-owned businesses are less equipped to throw money at issues like this."
Still, female entrepreneurs in the United States are better off than those in most other countries, studies find.
This year, Mastercard's Index of Women Entrepreneurs put the United States in third place for female entrepreneurs, behind New Zealand and Canada.
The authors, however, highlighted a persistent challenge: "In the United States where the underlying entrepreneurial conditions and women's advancement outcomes are among the best in the world," they wrote, "women's entrepreneurial advancement is held back by the lack of internationalization opportunities."
Fiona Murray, the associate dean of innovation at MIT's Sloan School of Management, said the uncertainty clouding international relations, driven by Trump's "America first" rhetoric, could exacerbate the problem. She pointed to Trump's executive order last week calling for a review of the H1-B visas for highly skilled workers.
"That makes it difficult for any entrepreneur to think about an appropriate internationalization strategies," Murray said. "Can you hire the people you need to hire? They need highly specialized talent, and that talent comes from all over the world."
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