Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Gretchen Carlson is on a mission, Donald Trump threatens his accusers, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets ready for a big debut. Have a wonderful Monday.
• Gretchen’s not going away. Since filing her now-infamous lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson has been on a mission to change the way women fight sexual harassment. The former news anchor has agreed to testify before Congress about forced arbitration—or the fine print in many employment contracts that requires employees to sign away their rights to litigation in the case of a dispute.
“It is a huge problem. Because it’s secret,” Carlson tells Time‘s Belinda Luscombe. “And it plays into why we think that we’ve come so far in society and we probably really haven’t—because we don’t hear about it.” While she doesn’t have a concrete solution to the prevalence of harassment, Carlson says she plans to think really hard about “what we need to do to change the system so that women feel safe.” Neither HR departments nor the millions of dollars companies spend on training courses is making any difference, she adds.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Gabbing with Ana. Fortune sat down with political consultant and strategist Ana Navarro, who, thanks to her impassioned takedowns of Donald Trump on CNN, has become an overnight political celebrity. “[Voters] see me as the person who can give voice to what they’re feeling,” she says of her sudden rise in popularity.
• Girls at the polls. According to early polling data, women are casting early ballots in disproportionately high numbers—with a particular uptick after the first debate.
• A Trumped-up threat? Donald Trump on Saturday said he will sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” he said in a speech. Media law experts doubt that the presidential contender would actually follow through with the threatened libel suits—or that he would win.
• Paging female agents. Women hold 12% of 220 senior agent positions at the FBI, a steep decline from 2013, when women held about 20% of senior agent jobs.
New York Times
• #Ivankant. A group of women is boycotting both the Ivanka Trump brand and the retailers that carry it—including big-names like Amazon, Zappos, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Baird has appointed Lydia Xu as managing director and head of China Investment Banking.
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.
• She would know. These are the four character traits of a great leader, according to Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president, and CEO of Lockheed Martin.
• Dust yourself off. How you deal with a career setback is much more important than the setback itself, writes Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon.
• Mind your mentor. Kira Makagon, EVP of innovation at RingCentral, says that finding a great mentor is actually the most challenging part of the mentoring process.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Black Mirror IRL. Eugenia Kuyda is the co-founder of Luka, a chatbot mostly used to recommend restaurants. But it’s her new project, Replika, that’s garnering national attention for the 29-year-old. The bot, which mimics a user’s personality, started as a side project in which she attempted to bring her best friend back to life.
• Ginsburg’s new gig. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her opera debut next month, playing the role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp on opening night of The Daughter of the Regiment at the Washington National Opera. No, it’s not a singing role.
• A coaching conundrum. Of the eight singles players who took part in the Women’s Tennis Association finals on Sunday, not one has a female coach. And it’s not just the top stars who are coached by men: only three members of the top 50 WTA players list a woman as their primary coach.
New York Times
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