Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Maria Shriver wants you to know about the Alzheimer’s gender gap, business urges our next president to focus on female entrepreneurs, and the woman who was assaulted by Brock Turner tells the latest chapter of her story. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
• Emily Doe’s year. Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year package is out and includes profiles of IMF head Christine Lagarde, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, plus-size model and activist Ashley Graham, and Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, as well as a host of other worthy honorees. The publication also raised a few eyebrows by naming Bono as its first-ever Man of the Year (his profile was penned by CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour).
It’s all inspiring reading, but the can’t-miss piece from the package is unquestionably the letter from “Emily Doe,” the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner at Stanford University. In this essay she writes for the first time about what happened after the trial—and after the statement she read in court went viral. I would quote one of her many breathtaking lines here, but this is not the kind of thing you want to read piecemeal. Instead, I urge you to take a moment to read her essay in full:
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• A different sort of gender gap. Speaking at Fortune’s inaugural Brainstorm Health conference, journalist and activist Maria Shriver called out corporate America for not doing as much to stop Alzheimer’s as it does to prevent other diseases. She also noted the Alzheimer’s gender gap: about two-thirds of American patients with the disease are women.
• Arianna’s new dream. Arianna Huffington told the Brainstorm Health attendees about her plans for Thrive Global, her new corporate wellness venture that pitches a good night’s sleep as the key to workforce productivity.
• Don’t go it alone. Given how many women now work on Wall Street, why have so few found their way to top? Jane Newton, founder of the Wall Street Women Forum, thinks too many of those women lack a key ally: According to her research, only 13% of top women in finance say they have a sponsor.
• To whom it may concern. With the election less than a week away (!), more than 80 business big names—including Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck, Birchbox CEO and co-founder Katia Beauchamp, and Dell entrepreneur-in-residence Elizabeth Gore—put together a letter to the candidates laying out a range of policy recommendations to help female entrepreneurs. Read the full list here:
• You mad, sis? This story looks at how anger is a driving force behind the comedy of Samantha Bee (Full Frontal), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) and many of the other funny women now dominating TV.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Stitch Fix has hired former Salesforce engineering SVP Cathy Polinsky as CTO. The startup’s eight-person executive team now includes six women. Kristina Salen, CFO of Etsy, announced that she’s leaving the company as of March 2017. Private equity firm Sterling Partners has promoted Kim Vender Moffat to managing director. Hack Reactor has appointed Alexandra Cavoulacos, co-founder and COO of The Muse, and Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, to the company’s Scholarship Advisory Board. Time where she has served as deputy managing editor Radhika Jones has been named editorial director, Books, for the New York Times.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Poverty and the pill. Melinda Gates talks about the role that family planning plays in lifting women out of poverty and explains why her goal of getting birth control to 120 million more women by 2020 is so difficult—and so important.
New York Times
• Watch and learn. What’s the difference between a regular YouTuber and a bonafide star? Kamiu Lee, the head of business development and strategy at Bloglovin’, a platform that connects brands with “influencers,” explains what it takes to make a living on social media.
• Big in China. Jin Xing, who is transgender, is China’s most popular TV hostess. While she remains largely unknown in other parts of the world, she’s a massive superstar in her country, best described as a kind of “hybrid of Oprah, Simon Cowell and Caitlyn Jenner.”
The Hollywood Reporter
• Sickening news. In a new survey of 1,000 full-time working moms, 49% of respondents said they do not have money set aside to cover their insurance deductible and 54% said they’ve had to divert money away from another area to cover healthcare expenses.
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Editor’s note: Due to an error in the Reuters story, I misstated the shift in the percentage of women at Yahoo in yesterday’s newsletter. The correct numbers are as follows: As of June 30, women accounted for 21% of U.S. leadership roles, down from 23% the year before. Women in non-technical jobs remained flat at 52%.
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