Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Girls get their own action hero, ABC’s Lara Spencer strikes a controversial pose with Donald Trump, and new numbers shed light on how dual-income families make it work. Enjoy your Thursday.
• Working parents’ pain. Both parents work full-time in around half of America’s two-parent households, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. The study paints a picture of what life is like for those moms and dads: rushed, stress-filled and short on quality time with family and friends.
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• Win some, lose some. Good news for married moms: A new study finds that married women with children have higher median salaries than single moms and women without kids. Now, the bad news: The gender wage gap between these women and their male counterparts (married men with kids) is larger than the gap in any other cohort.
• A GMO no-go. Speaking at a Fortune Global Forum panel on “Big Food,” Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon said that she doesn’t buy into the anti-GMO movement personally. But consumer demand for non-GMO products remains so strong that her company has one factory producing nothing but GMO-free ingredients for the U.S.
• Holmes in control? A newly uncovered shareholder letter reveals that Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes (who spoke Monday at the Fortune Global Forum) tried to take control of the blood-testing company through a stock restructuring in 2013. It’s not clear whether the changes were implemented.
• Canada’s fab 15. Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—who has proudly declared himself a feminist—has named 15 women to a cabinet of 30. Among his appointees: Jody Wilson-Raybould, an aboriginal lawyer, as minister of justice and attorney general; Chrystia Freeland, former editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, as trade minister; Jane Philpott, a family doctor, as health minister.
• Meet Ruby. GoldieBlox, the girl-focused toy company, has launched Ruby Rails, a new female action figure named for the programming language Ruby on Rails. The company introduced the toy with a cool stop-motion video, in which she plays male heroes like James Bond and Marty McFly.
• First Husband material? Curious about Frank Fiorina, potential First Gentleman? A few facts: He quit AT&T to run the household when Carly’s career at Hewlett-Packard took off, he served as her armed bodyguard, and he had mixed feels about her 2010 Senate run.
Lap or no lap, ABC’s Lara Spencer hugging Donald Trump is bad for female journalists.
When an Instagram photo of ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer hugging Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump started circulating around the Internet on Tuesday, the big question was: Is she sitting on his lap?
But while that level of contact—which Spencer adamantly denies—would be egregiously unprofessional, the reality is that it doesn’t really matter whether she was sitting or standing. Just the fact that they look disturbingly cozy is enough: The damage is done.
Concerns about Trump’s views of women aside—and I have plenty of them—seeing a female journalist wrapped around the candidate in this way reinforces the public’s worst stereotypes about women in the profession.
As Aly Colon, Knight Professor of Media Ethics at Washington and Lee University, told the AP, the photo “gives the impression that these people are close to each other in some way … to maintain credibility, it’s important for journalists to keep a certain distance from people they cover.”
For women, however, it goes beyond credibility and impartiality. Like it or not, there’s a public perception that female journalists get stories by virtue of their looks, though flirting, and, yes, by having sex with their subjects.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Yellen’s ready for a raise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen says that if the economy continues to improve, a December interest rate hike is a “live possibility.”
• Uber’s nemesis. This Wall Street Journal profile of attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan—the woman suing Uber and other on-demand economy startups—calls her “one of the most influential (and controversial) figures in Silicon Valley.”
• Bye, Kate. Hello, Frances. Kate and Andy Spade, co-founders of Kate Spade, have announced Frances Valentine, a new line of shoes and handbags.
• The highest-paid woman in music is… not Taylor Swift. She comes in at No. 2, behind pop nemesis Katy Perry. Also in the top 10: Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Britney Spears.
• RIP, Melissa. Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter of E.T. and The Black Stallion, has died. She was 65 years old.
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ON MY RADAR
|I want to have more control over the jobs I do and the time spent away from my children. I want control over how much money I make. I think that’s what everyone is seeking no matter what their profession is.|
| -- Actress and director Elizabeth Banks |