Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) meets with Donald Trump about a possible cabinet post, Reese Witherspoon is launching a new media startup aimed at women, and Muslim women get their very own subscription box. Have a good Tuesday.
• Subscribe to safety? While you might think the market for subscription boxes filled with makeup and other products is at capacity, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl, sees an unfilled niche: A box curated specifically for Muslim women.
In some ways, her new offering, #MuslimGirlArmy Care Package, is much like other products on the market—it will provide subscribers with a monthly dose of cosmetics (halal, in this case) and accessories, such scarves that can be worn as hijabs. But the first box, a “post-election care package,” also includes items you won’t find in any other beauty mailing: pepper spray and a guide to staying a safe as a Muslim woman.
“It’s really sad that we have to talk about [safety], but it’s really the level of insecurity that Muslim woman are feeling right now,” says Al-Khatahtbeh. “A lot of social interactions are: ‘Are you staying safe?’ ‘Are you feeling okay?’ That’s where we are right now and it sucks.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Gabbing with Gabbard. Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard met with president-elect Donald Trump and his transition team yesterday and is reportedly being considered for possible jobs at the Defense Department, State Department and the United Nations. She’s not the first Dem to meet with Trump, who last week sat down with former Washington schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, a potential pick for education secretary.
• Facebook’s fake news freakout. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, is the latest exec from the social media giant to acknowledge the threat of fake news and to assure users the company is taking steps to tackle the issue.
• She shines. Reese Witherspoon is teaming up with AT&T joint venture Otter Media to develop a new media startup aimed at women called Hello Sunshine. Former Martha Stewart and Victoria’s Secret marketing exec Kerry Tucker will serve as CEO of the new company.
• Warren’s way or the highway? This story argues that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stepping into the power vacuum atop the Democratic Party, reminding “the party and its most ambitious members that all roads to 2020—not to mention 2018—go through her.”
• Bryant drops a bomb. This week’s MPW OnStage podcast features a super entertaining interview with Intel EVP Diane Bryant. In it, Bryant talks about how she attempted to fit into the company’s boys club atmosphere back in the 80s—including drinking scotch, buying a stick shift BMW, and dropping F bombs at every opportunity.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, is succeeding her father, Ned Johnson, as chairman. Deborah Needleman is leaving her post as editor-in-chief of T, the glossy style magazine published by the New York Times. Meg Goldthwaite, currently CMO for Conservation International, will take the same role at NPR beginning Dec. 12. Jocelyn Aqua is joining PwC as a principal. Previously, she held a number of senior-level policy and enforcement positions at the Justice Department.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Power player. Politico has a deep dive on Rebekah Mercer, the hedge fund heiress and major GOP donor. According to one Republican fundraiser: “It would be difficult to overstate Rebekah’s influence in Trump world right now.”
• Shooting for equal pay. The USA women’s national soccer team appeared on 60 Minutes this weekend, where the players talked about their campaign for equal pay and equal treatment.
• Girls on fire. Women who fight wildfires for the federal government describe their work as scary—and not because of the flames. In a male-dominated discipline (just 12% of permanent wildfire suppression jobs are held by women) that operates like the military, they face discrimination, sexual harassment, and verbal abuse.
• Letter of the law. Law professor Robin Walker Sterling talks about why she and two other lawyers submitted an open letter to Congress and Trump, calling on the president-elect to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon. The letter has garnered more than 11,000 signatures from fellow lawyers.
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