Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here again. Ellen Page debates gay rights with Ted Cruz, Colombia leads the charge for a female U.N. leader, and here’s what having two weeks of maternity leave is actually like. Have a marvelous Monday!
• Time for a woman on top. The United Nations has been led by a man each and every year since its 1945 inception. Now, three dozen countries, led by Colombia, are promoting the idea the next secretary general—who will begin his or her term in January 2017—should be a woman.
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ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Minority women mean business. Female minorities are America’s fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs: the number of companies owned by Asian women has increased 44.3% since 2007. Black women-owned businesses, meanwhile, have grown 67.5%, and Hispanic women-owned operations have increased a whopping 87.5%.
• A legend’s legacy. When Helen Gurley Brown, the legendary former editor of Cosmopolitan, passed away in 2012, she left behind a $105 million dollar estate. Today, Hearst general counsel Eve Burton, her friend and her will’s co-executor, is working to preserve Brown’s legacy by making sure what’s left of her fortune is used for good.
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• Two weeks is too soon. A new study shows that 25% of American women return to work just two weeks after giving birth. Not taking enough time off can have a negative impact on the health of mothers and their children.
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• The new power couples. Paparazzi shots of celebrity female friends are becoming as common as those of Hollywood power couples. But are we now holding female relationships to an impossible standard of closeness?
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• American angel in the UK. American angel investor Eileen Burbidge has been appointed a member of the UK Prime Minister’s business advisory panel. “I do feel the tech sector is much more meritocratic [than other sectors] … People underestimate women in tech at their own peril,” she says.
• Cutting back on snacks. Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld has aggressively pared back costs at the snack giant, but the arrival of activist investor William Ackman, whose Pershing Square Capital Management LP owns a 7.5% stake in the business, means she’ll have to find even more places to cut back.
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• Looking like an engineer. Erin Brooks, an engineer at Tesla Motors, talks about how she used to hide her femininity to better fit in with her male colleagues–and why she finally stopped.
• Casual doesn’t mean creative. Having a creative culture isn’t about colorful furniture and wearing jeans to the office, says Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation. Rather, it’s about “honing the skills of observation and invention.”
• The key to real vacations. According to Pam Wickham, VP of corporate affairs and communications at Raytheon, cross-training is at the center of employees’ abilities to take much-needed time off.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Not on the same Page. Actress Ellen Page debated Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair. The Juno star, who came out as gay last year, asked Cruz about the line between discrimination against the LGBT community and protection of religious liberty.
• Amazing Grace Jones. Model, musician, actress and Studio 54 icon Grace Jones’ autobiography, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, will be released next month. An excerpt from the book gives us a peak into the life of a ’70s it-girl, who counted artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol among her close friends.
• Targeted by Tehran. Iranian-American Wall Street Journal correspondent Farnaz Fassihi writes about being targeted by Iran’s state-run media, which have labeled her a spy. In this captivating essay, she describes the personal and professional toll that the accusations have taken on her.
• A telling hire. Vice President Joe Biden has hired Kate Bedingfield, previously the chief spokeswoman of the Motion Picture Association of America, as his new communications director. The hire comes just days after Biden met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) this weekend, a get-together that has been interpreted as a sign that he’s becoming more serious about a presidential run.
• Twitter’s top attorney. Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, leads a team of lawyers whose jobs increasingly involve fending off international government demands for user data.
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|I want to get my education—a good university education... My dream is to empower myself with education, and then it is a weapon.|
| -- Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, on her plans after graduating high school with straight As |