Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Lena Dunham is quietly building a media empire, yet another industry confab is marred by a sexist party scandal, and New York City is hailed as the best city for female entrepreneurs (there’s no place like home!). Enjoy your Thursday.
• Send my regrets. An invite sent to some attendees of Cannes Lions, the annual advertising event in Cannes, France, solicited “attractive females and models only” to attend The Wednesday Party, an event sponsored by digital agency VaynerMedia and media company Thrillist Media Group. Not surprisingly, the email quickly ended up on Twitter, outraging many female ad execs.
While VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk and Thrillist chief Ben Lerer said they had no knowledge of the invite (Lerer says it came from an outside vendor), I can’t help but notice that these types of idiotic party fouls just keep happening at events across industries. Is it so hard to socialize with your peers without half-naked cocktail waitresses or a bevy of models? After all, as much as you try to make these parties seem “fun,” they’re still work events at heart—and sometimes ones that women have no choice but attend. I hope the companies that sponsor such parties will take this as yet another reminder to be vigilant about insuring that all their guests actually feel welcome.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Big win for the Big Apple. New York City was named the world’s best city for female entrepreneurs by Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Cities Index. Gotham scored well overall, but is off the charts when it comes to hiring women leaders (70% of city agency commissioners are female) and supportive policies, such as its commitment to award more than $16 billion to minority and women business owners over the next decade.
• Corporates for Clinton. Donald Trump may have called Hillary Clinton a “world-class liar” yesterday, but that isn’t stopping the nearly 50 corporate execs expected to endorse her today. Some of the biggest bosses on the list are long-time Republicans Jim Cicconi, senior EVP at AT&T, and Dan Akerson, who held top positions at GM and Nextel.
• Dynamic duo. A bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are pushing for a new measure that would ban gun sales to terrorism suspects on the government’s no-fly list. While modest—especially in comparison to the four gun control measures swatted down by the Senate earlier this week—the proposal, if passed, would be one of the few restrictions placed on gun ownership in the past 20 years.
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• Giffords on guns. Meanwhile, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of gun violence, wrote a moving letter of encouragement to her ex-colleagues, the House Democrats, who staged a sit-in on the floor of the chamber to draw attention to their struggle to pass gun control legislation.
• Loving Lenny. Lenny, the company Lena Dunham launched with her producing partner Jenni Konner, is no ordinary celebrity brand. The two women—along with Konner’s ex-husband—are quietly building a powerhouse media empire, all while breaking every business rule in the book.
• Call the sitter! A new study from left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress finds that opting out of the workforce to take care of young children for five years can cost $500,000 or more in lost income, wage growth, and retirement benefits. The amount varies based on your age and current earnings, so check out their interactive calculator to find out exactly how much staying home could cost you.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Tough gig. Meet Maricelly Velez-Delgado, Donald Trump’s new deputy press secretary for Hispanic media. Velez-Delgado, who Fusion says now has the “toughest new job in Republican politics,” is a former advisor to New York Gov. George Pataki.
• Princess pressure. A new study finds that young girls who are exposed to Disney “princess culture”—playing with princess toys, watching movies, etc.—are more likely to have body image issues and to adhere to stereotypically girly behavior, such as avoiding risks and subjects like math and science.
• Funny girl. Comedian Ali Wong talks about making jokes about her miscarriage, living the stand-up life, and why she thinks women are usually funnier than men.
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• Scandal to spokeswoman. Kerry Washington is working with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to help raise awareness of domestic violence and provide women with the financial independence and tools they need to free themselves from abusive partners.
• Getting Grossman. In her latest column for Self, Jessica Alba interviews Mindy Grossman, asking the HSN chief about her first job, her daily routine, and the women she considers the “most boss.”
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|This is completely unacceptable. We cannot and will not allow these crimes to persist.|
| -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the more than 50% increase in reports of sex crimes on the NYC subway. |