Melania mania

By Kristen Bellstrom
May 6, 2016

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Melania Trump is getting almost as much ink as her husband, we meet the first female pitcher with a million-dollar arm, and the queen of crises shares some tips. Have fun this weekend.


EVERYONE'S TALKING

• Melania mania. Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, the scrutiny of his wife, Melania, appears to be heating up. Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, attempts to put a potential First Lady Melania into historical perspective, while The New Yorker‘s Lauren Collins characterizes the former model as “positioning herself as aspirational, playing ice queen rather than soccer mom.” Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews got caught on a hot mic commenting on Melania’s walk. “My God is that good,” he said. Keep it to yourself, Matthews.


ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Her brand is crisis. Speaking at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women “Evening With…” dinner in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell shared the lessons she’s learned from coping with Ebola, the Central American refugee crisis, and the opioid epidemic—and how those lessons can be applied to current challenges, including Zika and lead-contaminated water in Flint. Fortune

• Million dollar baby. The Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs, National Pro Fastpitch’s newest softball team, has signed pitcher Monica Abbott to a six-year contract expected to be worth $1 million (a first in the league’s 13-year history). ESPNW

Women on the run. Democrats will field female U.S. Senate candidates on the ballot in nine states in this fall, a near-record. Party insiders say they are planning to link their (mostly male) opponents to Trump, aiming to win back control of the Senate in November.  Fortune

• Saved by smartphone. Nancy Lublin, creator of Dress for Success and the former CEO of DoSomething.org, talks about her latest project, Crisis Text Line. The program, which allows anyone facing a crisis to anonymously text trained counselors for free, has already fielded more than 14 million messages.  Fortune

Mother knows best. With Mother’s Day around the corner (don’t forget to send that card!), check out Time‘s collection of letters written by famous moms to their children. Time

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Mary Matalin, a high-profile political pundit and veteran strategist for the Republican Party, changed her party registration to Libertarian. Former Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt is leaving her post as president of the Hollywood studio STX Entertainment to work on a startup.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Flower power. Christina Stembel, founder of Farmgirl Flowers, explains how her startup plans to disrupt the flower industry by sourcing its blooms locally, delivering by bike, and offering a single arrangement each day. Fortune

Chelsea, lately. Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix talk show, Chelsea, makes its debut on May 11. Handler says viewers should expect the unexpected: “I don’t want people turning it on and seeing the same thing. Monologue. First guest. Band.. I just can’t do it that way.” New York Times

Bridging the funding gap. Drawbridge, a Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan-led startup that helps businesses identify when a single person is using multiple devices, has raised $25 million in Series C funding. TechCrunch

Unorthodox undies. Miki Agrawal, the creator of “period undies” Thinx, talks about how her fascinating and controversial product came to be. Glamour

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ON MY RADAR

17 women talk about how to make friends  New York Magazine

Gloria Steinem on the future of feminism and her new TV show  Motto

Caitlyn Jenner will pose naked on the cover of Sports Illustrated  New York Magazine

Here’s where Beyoncé stands on North Carolina’s bathroom bill   Fortune


QUOTE

Final Thought....

As feminists, we understand that real equality means men have to support women as both breadwinners and caregivers. As mothers of sons, we still want our sons to succeed the way society defines male success: as a breadwinner. Yet our own daughters will not be able to reach for the stars unless other women's sons step up.
-- Anne-Marie Slaughter, on the importance of raising feminist sons Elle

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