Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ghazala Khan speaks out, another top ad man gets busted for sexist comments, and Tokyo elects its first female governor. Enjoy the first day of August.
• A mother speaks. Donald Trump horrified many observers this weekend when he belittled Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. The Khans appeared at the Democratic convention last week, where Khizr denounced Trump, who he said has “sacrificed nothing and no one.” Speaking to ABC News on Sunday, Trump responded by alleging that Khizr Khan delivered the entire DNC speech because his wife was not “allowed” to speak.
Ghazala Khan responded to Trump’s accusations in a powerful Washington Post op-ed, writing that she chose not to speak because she was overwhelmed by emotion, and accusing the GOP nominee of being “ignorant” about Islam—and about what it means to make a real sacrifice. Remembering her son’s desire to serve his country and the pain of his death, she said there was no need for her to address the audience that night. “Without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain,” writes Khan. “I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• The maddest man? Publicis Groupe SA has put Kevin Roberts, chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, on leave after he made a slew of dismissive comments about women in leadership. Among Roberts’ claims: the debate about gender issues in advertising is “over” and women don’t reach top roles because they lack the “vertical ambition” of men.
• Congrats, Koike! Tokyo has elected Yuriko Koike, a conservative former defense minister, as its first-ever female governor. Koike, who has compared herself to Hillary Clinton, has an unusual biography for a Japanese politician: She is a divorced former newscaster who attended a university in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic.
• Beyond bullying. Feminist author Jessica Valenti told her Twitter followers that she is leaving social media after receiving “a rape and death threat directed at my 5-year-old daughter.”
• Leaning into option B. Sheryl Sandberg has almost completed Option B, a new book that focuses on facing adversity and recovering from tragedy. The title references a piece of advice the Facebook COO was given by a friend after the death of her husband, David Goldberg. The book is co-written with Wharton professor and frequent Sandberg collaborator Adam Grant.
• Luhn’s story. Laurie Luhn, formerly director of booking at Fox News, is one of the few women to have spoken out against Roger Ailes who says she went along with what the powerful then-CEO wanted—a decision that she says ruined her life.
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• Gwyneth de-Goops. Gwyneth Paltrow says she plans to step away from Goop, the lifestyle brand she founded in 2008.
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.
• The right stuff. How do we know when an entrepreneur is a “success?” It’s not just about profitability or prestige, says Jodi Goldstein, managing director of Harvard Innovation Labs.
• Closing the communication gap. Colleen Smith, VP and general manager of OpenEdge at Progress, writes that women looking to get ahead in technology should tap one skill not usually associated with the tech-savvy: communication.
• Beating the boys. Do you work in a male-dominated office—in a male-dominated profession? Lindsay Pattison, global CEO of Maxus, has five tips for blasting through the boys club.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Woman in white. New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman writes about Hillary Clinton’s decision to wear white while accepting the Democratic nomination last week. White—which Geraldine Ferraro, the first female VP candidate, wore at the 1984 convention—was an official color of the suffragist movement.
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• Smile at this. Speaking of Clinton’s acceptance speech, Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya notes that pundits continue to lob sexist barbs at the Democratic nominee’s speaking style. Can men stop telling Clinton to “smile,” already?
• Charles holds court. New York Liberty center Tina Charles—a front-runner to win the WNBA’s MVP Award—is more than a powerful force on the court; she has emerged as a prominent voice in support of Black Lives Matter and an advocate for curbing gun violence.
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• Golden girls. The Wall Street Journal is projecting that Team USA is going to reign supreme in both the gold and overall medal races at the Rio Olympics—thanks to American women, who have become the standard-bearers for the U.S. team.
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