Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Microsoft is in trouble for sexist schoolgirl outfits, Amazon’s shareholders will decide whether to disclose employee pay, and Fox News has some very strong opinions about Donald Trump. Have a productive Monday.
• Gamergate 2.0? At the afterparty for Microsoft’s official Game Developer Conference in San Francisco last week, the company hired dancers dressed in skimpy schoolgirl outfits, causing outrage and accusations that the tech giant is alienating women in an already male-dominated industry. Xbox chief Phil Spencer subsequently sent an email to his team calling the event “unequivocally wrong,” while Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s EVP of human resources, said that the company’s top executives were “embarrassed and appalled” upon seeing photos of the party. Hogan also said that Microsoft will be launching an internal investigation into the matter.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• What we’re worth. A new study finds that when a large number of women enter a professional field, that field’s overall pay declines—implying that the work done by women is less valuable.
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• FLOTUS’s food fight. This fascinating Politico piece sheds light on just how much First Lady Michelle Obama has influenced what Americans eat. The publication credits her with overhauling school lunches and government assistance programs, while also nudging the country’s largest food and beverage manufacturers to cut 6.4 trillion calories out of the food supply.
• Double fault. Raymond Moore, the CEO of tennis stadium Indian Wells Tennis Garden, caused a stir on Sunday with his comments about the Women’s Tennis Association. He said that female tennis players “ride on coattails of the men” and that if he were a woman, he would “go down every night on [his] knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born.”
• Let investors decide. The SEC has decided that Amazon’s shareholders should be allowed to vote on a measure that would force the tech giant to disclose certain aspects of employee pay. Activist investor Arjuna Capital proposed the measure, which calls on the company to report the difference between males and female employees’ pay and its plans to close the gap.
• Finally, Fox! On Friday, Fox News issued a harsh condemnation of Donald Trump in defense of news anchor Megyn Kelly: “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate,” read the network’s statement. The statement came after several new Trump tweets calling Kelly “crazy.”
• Docudrama queen. Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, has overseen the development of more than 1,000 documentary films and won more than 30 Primetime Emmy Awards. The Citizenfour producer has helped changed the medium from being a “succession of news events” into what it is today: A true means of storytelling, replete with characters and plot twists.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Karen Dykstra, former AOL and ADP chief financial officer, joins VMware’s board of directors.
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.
• Back to basics. No matter what industry you’re in, you need basic technology skills to be successful in business, says Rebecca Minkoff, designer at fashion label Rebecca Minkoff LLC.
• Trial and error. Evin Shutt, COO and partner at ad agency 72andSunny, talks about job-hopping in her twenties and how continuously switching paths ultimately lead her to the right place.
• Play while you work. Making time for play at work helps build a community within a company and drive creative conversations, says Sarah Kauss, CEO of reusable water bottle company S’well.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Clinton’s comic relief. Hillary Clinton, often criticized for being cold and standoffish, has admitted that she is not a natural politician. But, with the support of beloved female comedians like Amy Poehler, Ellen DeGeneres, and Amy Schumer, she might not have to be, argues Bloomberg‘s Will Leitch. “There’s never been a better time to have the brightest minds in comedy all on your side. Because right now: They’re all women. And they’re all for Clinton.”
• Robin moves on. Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, is credited with helping create the sharing economy, which has spawned the likes of Uber and Airbnb. She has since moved on to a new company called Veniam, which is creating what she calls “an Internet of moving things.”
• I protest #mycalvins. Heidi Zak, CEO of lingerie company ThirdLove, is calling out Calvin Klein for the sexism on one of its billboards. The ad contains an “almost up-skirt shot” of actor Klara Kristin with the words, “I seduce in #mycalvins,” next to a portrait shot of rapper Fetty Wap with the statement, “I make money in #mycalvins.”
• ‘Leaning In’ too far. Erin Callan, who was the CFO of Lehman Brothers before its collapse in 2008, has a new name (Erin Callan Montella) and a new life, with an ex-firefighter husband and a one-year-old daughter. The former Wall Street highflier has written and self-published Full Circle, a memoir that details her climb up the career ladder as well as the moment she hit rock bottom—and acts as a counterpoint to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.
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|I think many women can relate to that feeling of being stuck in their lives and knowing that something isn’t right. There’s no step-by-step process for how to get unstuck—that’s one of the tough things, that there is no clear path.|
| -- Inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the inspiration behind Jennifer Lawrence's character in the Oscar-nominated film Joy. |