Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. Beyoncé wins the Super Bowl, Jessica Alba’s company may be going public, and two feminist icons have harsh words for female Bernie Sanders supporters. Have a fantastic Monday.
• Beyoncé owns the Bowl. During Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show, Beyoncé stole the show from headliner Coldplay. The focal point of her performance was her politically charged new song, “Formation,” which went straight to No. 1. on music charts as soon as it was released on Saturday. Among other things, the song is, as New York Times columnist Jenna Wortham puts it, a call to action: “Black women, join me and make your own formation, a power structure that doesn’t rely on traditional institutions.”
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• Helping Hillary? Two feminist icons had some harsh words for young women this weekend. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” said Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, while introducing Hillary Clinton at a rally on Saturday. That same day, feminist icon Gloria Steinem asserted that young women prefer Bernie Sanders to Clinton because “the boys are with Bernie.” Steinem later apologized on her Facebook page for “implying young women aren’t serious in their politics.”
• An Honest IPO? Jessica Alba’s e-commerce startup, Honest Co., is reportedly working with investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs on an initial public offering.
• That’s good style. Archel Bernard is a 27-year-old Georgia Tech graduate making a difference in both fashion and the lives of those in her native Liberia. Last month she opened Bombchel Factory, which produces modern versions of West African clothing and employs Ebola survivors who would normally be stigmatized and unable to find work.
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• Biopharma feud. Two pharma execs wrote an open letter describing the sexism that women endure in their industry, and calling for an end to men treating women “as chattel.” Over 230 industry bigwigs have signed it.
• Clinton kid no more. Senior Politico writer Jack Shafer argues that it’s time for the media to start treating Chelsea Clinton like the powerful political operative that she is, rather than as an off-limits White House kid who “mostly she exists to grace the covers of magazines.”
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, is stepping down as collateral manager of all her credit funds—totaling more than $2 billion—amid a drawn-out legal fight with New York bond insurer MBIA. Phoebe Philo, creative director of French fashion house Céline, is leaving the company.
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.
• Networking no-no. Limiting your professional network to women is a big mistake, says Sharon Ritchey, COO at AXA U.S.
• Myth-busting. If we want to tell our daughters they can do anything they want, we need to first make it true, says Terri McCullough, director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.
• Go ahead and ask. Kathy Delaney, global chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, says the best thing you can do in a new job is be proactive.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• #Girlboss on the ‘flix. Sophia Amoruso, the founder and former CEO of e-commerce site Nasty Gal and author of the millennial working woman’s bible #Girlboss, is getting her own Netflix show.
• Swipe for a squad? A new app wants to make it easier for adult women to find female friends.
• Career searcher. Susan Solomon, co-founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, has an unusual background for someone whose chief ambition is to find a cure for diabetes. She started her career in law, then became the chief executive of Sothebys.com before starting the NYSCF in her apartment.
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• Repping your youth. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made history in 2014 when she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the age of 30. Here’s her advice for when you’re the youngest person in the room.
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| -- Rachel Maddow |