Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Oprah lands a big get, Ivanka Trump and Al Gore talk global warming, and some fear that Harriet Tubman may lose her promised spot on the new $20. Enjoy your Tuesday.
• Money problems. As you’ll probably remember, the Treasury announced back in April that it plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in 2020. Showcasing the trailblazing abolitionist on the bill would solve two problems: 1.) There is no woman featured on U.S. paper currency, and 2.) the $20’s current occupant, Andrew Jackson, is a, well, problematic figure in America’s history.
But now, some supporters of the new bill—including Susan Ades Stone, executive director of Women on 20s, a non-profit that has been a leading voice in the push for change—are worried that president-elect Donald Trump will overturn the Treasury Department’s decision.
During the campaign, Trump called the move to replace Jackson “pure political correctness,” suggesting that perhaps Tubman could go on another bill—like the $2. (When was the last time you used one of those?)
While this might seem like a small potatoes, particularly given all the momentous political news pouring out of D.C. these days, I think it’s a mistake to ignore Stone’s concerns. Whom we choose to honor on our currency says something important about what we value as a society. And ignoring women—or patronizing them with a token gesture—is the wrong signal to send.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Oprah’s big get. Oprah Winfrey has landed the last interview that Michelle Obama will give as first lady in the White House. The hour-long special will air on CBS on Dec. 19.
• Warming up to Gore? Ivanka Trump, who reportedly wants to make global warming one of her signature issues, met yesterday with Al Gore. The climate change activist and former Veep also met privately with the president-elect.
• Going public. Speaking at Fortune‘s MPW Next Gen conference, the CFOs of Etsy (Kristina Salen), Banana Republic (Katrina O’Connell), and Pivotal (Cynthia Gaylor) warned attendees against a common mistake made by companies in the process prepping for an initial public offering: concentrating so much on the “public” part that you forget about employees.
• A virtual windfall. Accompany, the “virtual chief of staff” app led by CEO Amy Chang, revealed that it has raised $20 million in new funding.
• A little Sweden in the USA. Ikea has announced that, starting Jan. 1, its 13,000 salaried and hourly workers in the U.S. will receive up to four months of paid parental leave. By including all workers in the policy, which applies to mothers and fathers, the retailer is sidestepping one of the biggest criticisms of some lavish benefits programs: that they only apply to the top tier of employees, creating a gaping economic divide.
• The future is now. Check out the predictions of 17 Microsoft researchers—all of whom happen to be women this year—about what we can expect from artificial intelligence in the next decade:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Economics 101. Female students have outnumbered male students on college campuses for nearly 40 years, but there’s still a gender pay gap in academia: Just three of the 25 highest-paid private college presidents are women. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, is the highest-earning woman on the list and the fourth highest-paid president overall.
• Gabbing with Guthrie. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie talks about covering the crazy 2016 election, planning the future of TV news, and dealing with sexist trolls online.
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• GOP go-getter. Alex Smith, the national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, weighs in on what Trump’s election means for conservative youth.
• Pantsuit up! Did you know it was once illegal for women to wear pantsuits? (Apparently they were charged with“transvestitism.”) Reading this history of the much-maligned style made me want to run out and pick up a pantsuit of my own.
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