By Kristen Bellstrom
May 2, 2016

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Malia Obama is headed to Harvard, Geena Davis prepares to kick off her annual film fest, and the woman behind Meternity is suddenly publicity shy. Enjoy your Monday,


EVERYONE'S TALKING

• No ‘me’ in maternity leave. Meghann Foye, author of Meternity, bailed on her Good Morning America interview at the last minute due to intense backlash over her book. For those of you who haven’t been following this controversy, Foye’s book focuses on her jealousy over her co-workers’ maternity leaves and her belief that all women should have the ability to take an extended break from work. Not surprisingly, many moms have taken offense at the idea that maternity leave is a “break” of any sort. Personally, I think it’s a mistake to allow this tone-deaf tome to create some artificial divide between moms and women without children. Let’s keep our eye on the ball: paid leave for those who need it, whether for a new child or a sick family member.
New York Post


ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Arty Arkansas. Fortune‘s Michal Lev-Ram sat down with Geena Davis, who is kicking off the second annual Bentonville Film Festival tomorrow. The festival, which Davis and her co-founder created as a showcase for the work of women and minorities, is getting some serious traction this year, with corporate sponsors like Coke and Wal-Mart. Check out the full list of competition and showcase films on tap for this year.
Fortune

• Crimson tidings. Malia Obama has been accepted by Harvard University, although she will not enroll until the fall of 2017. Malia will be carrying on something of a family tradition: Both President Obama and Michelle Obama are Harvard alums.
Time

• Mayer’s millions. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer now stands to land a $55 million severance package if her company is sold and she is pushed out within a year of the transaction, per a regulatory filing. The company has already narrowed the field of bidders for its core Internet assets. 
Fortune

• A different gender binary. A campaign ad analysis shows that while a spot about the insulting things Donald Trump has said about women does turn some voters against him, ads that portray Hillary Clinton as a strong woman do little to boost her support. 
New York Times

• A model Musk. Maye Musk is a stunning 68-year-old model—and the mother of Elon Musk.
New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: GrabTaxi, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, has hired Linda Hoglund as its first CFO.


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.

Finding fresh eyes. Rebecca Rhoads, president of global business services at Raytheon, weighs in on why it can be advantageous to find a mentor outside of your industry. 
Fortune

• Signs of success. In working with more than 40 blossoming startups, Susan Liu, VP of Scale Venture Partners, says she’s spotted five traits that the most successful young companies share.
Fortune

• Timing is everything Do you need to be likable to lead? Cassandra Frangos, VP of global executive talent and organizational development at Cisco, says yes, but not in the way you might expect. 
Fortune


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Dearth of details. Researchers studying performance evaluations found that women are systematically less likely to receive specific feedback, while their male colleagues are given a clearer picture of what they are doing well and more specific guidance on what they need to do to get to the next level.
Harvard Business Review

• Trump tell-all. Barbara Res, who worked for Donald Trump as a vice president in the 1980s, writes that she saw his behavior toward women change—becoming more sexist and dismissive—as his fame grew. 
The Guardian

• Get carded. The Clinton campaign seized on Trump’s “woman’s card” comment to launch a clever new fundraising campaign: literal woman cards sent to supporters who donate. 
Fortune

Grace’s Tiffany blue period. Grace Coddington, who left her post as creative director of Vogue in January, has signed off with Tiffany & Co. as its new “creative partner.”
Racked

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ON MY RADAR

At Mercy Multiplied, troubled young women come to believe their mental health 
Slate

Can the new Lara Croft movie sidestep her sexist baggage? 
Time

If you think she looks like an Avon lady, you’re half right 
NPR

Vanessa Bryant has been a contradictory, polarizing public figure, like her husband Kobe 
LA Times


QUOTE

Final Thought....

Final Thought....

Final Thought....

Next year, someone else will be standing at this spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.
Next year, someone else will be standing at this spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.

-- President Obama, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Vanity Fair
-- President Obama, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Vanity Fair

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