Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Donald Trump’s misogyny finally catches up with him, President Obama does sexual abuse survivors a solid, and women play a pivotal role in the second presidential debate. Have a productive Monday.
• Two down, one to go. The drama started long before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stepped on stage for the second presidential debate last night. First, as most voters already know, Trump was caught on a now-notorious tape during a 2005 Access Hollywood filming talking about how his fame allows him to get away with kissing and groping women (more on the fallout from the tape below). Then there was the GOP nominee’s surprise press conference just before the debate, where he was joined by three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or sexual assault. It was clear that women, and how they’ve been treated by the candidates, would loom large in their face-off.
Indeed, Trump was hit with a question about the taped comments right off the bat, and while he admitted that he regrets them, he also repeatedly tried to minimize his remarks as mere “locker-room talk.” Rather than show any real remorse, he went on the offensive, saying Bill Clinton abused women and “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women—attacked them viciously.” The Democratic nominee, for her part, did not directly respond to his accusations, instead opting to remind Americans that it isn’t just women Trump has insulted—it’s minorities, Muslims, and people with disabilities.
“Yes, this is who Donald Trump is,” Clinton said of his Access Hollywood comments, a statement that rings true to anyone who followed the AP report about his behavior on The Apprentice, his treatment of Alicia Machado, his comments about how men who take care of their kids are “acting like the wife,” and dozens of other incidents. “This is not who we are,” said Clinton, of her fellow Americans. I dearly hope she is right.
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• The fallout continues. More than two dozen GOP lawmakers are now calling on Trump to drop out of the race, while others limited themselves to condemning his comments. (Trump responded by saying he “will never withdraw.”) And it’s not just politicians speaking up: Over the weekend, millions of women responded to Trump’s vile comments by sharing their stories of sexual assault on Twitter using the hashtag #notokay. Finally, in case anyone thought the Billy Bush incident was a one-time thing, more old Howard Stern interviews chocked with misogyny have been dredged up, including one in which Trump agrees with Stern’s assessment of Ivanka—his own daughter—as “a piece of ass.”
• Clinton cozied up with the Street. While I imagine that all of this has been music to the ears of the Hillary Clinton campaign, Clinton had her own surprise when excerpts of her paid speeches to Wall Street and elsewhere were posted online as part of a WikiLeaks hack. The excerpts reveal a much more business-friendly Clinton than we’ve seen on the campaign trail.
• Thanks, Obama! One U.S. political figure does come out of this weekend looking good: President Obama has signed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act into law. The legislation guarantees specific rights for people who have been victimized by a sexual assault, many of which center around the collection and preservation of rape kits.
• Mayer’s anti-male crusade? According to a lawsuit filed by Scott Ard, a veteran media exec who was fired by Yahoo in January 2015, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer led a secret campaign to purge the company of male employees. While I’m inclined to take all discrimination suits seriously, I have to say—this sounds pretty far-fetched.
• The skinny on Skinnygirl. Real Housewives of New York City star and Skinnygirl empire builder Bethenny Frankel is the latest guest on the Fortune Unfiltered podcast:
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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.
• Who you know. Jodi Goldstein, managing director of Harvard Innovation Labs, has three suggestions about the type of people entrepreneurs should be sure to add to their networks.
• Intern to corner office. How can young professionals make the most of an internship? Jenni Luke, CEO of Step Up, has some ideas.
• Timing is everything. While some people rely on a “two-year stint” to move up the corporate ladder, Deutsch LA president Kim Getty says those job-hoppers are missing out on some of the unique skills you pick up by sticking with the same employer.
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• Pretty safe. Beautycounter, a natural beauty start-up led by Gregg Renfrew, is among a coalition of companies that helped push for stricter rules about chemical use in personal care products. That legislation, now making its way through Congress, would dramatically increase regulatory oversight of the beauty industry.
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• Campaigning with Conway. This New Yorker profile of Kellyanne Conway charts her rise to Trump’s campaign manager (a role that author Ryan Lizza quips is “like being the drummer in Spinal Tap: those who take the position tend to disappear in mysterious circumstances”) and asks whether the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign can be the one to reform Trump.
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• A monumental move. With the exception of fictional characters like Alice from Alice in Wonderland, there are no statues in New York’s Central Park that honor women. Now, a group of Girl Scouts have joined with activists to try to change that, raising money for a monument to suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
• Family affair. Beyoncé and her younger sister Solange both have solo albums on the Billboard 200, which is a musical first.
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