Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Young single women are downplaying their career ambitions in front of men, Starbucks’ board is getting more diverse, and we remember a feminist icon of pop culture. Have a good Thursday.
• Thank you, Mary and Mary. As a female journalist, it’s hard not to feel a connection with actress Mary Tyler Moore and Mary Richards, the spunky TV producer she played on the show that bore her name. But it’s not just those of us in the news game that owe a debt to Moore, who died yesterday at age 80. As Richards, she helped normalize the idea of young, single career women to an American public that was still getting used to the idea.
The role made Moore a feminist icon. The Mary Tyler Moore Show tackled issues like equal pay and office sexism, and little wonder: It had more than a dozen female writers during its seven-season run, according to the New York Times. Consider making some time to stream one of these classic episodes—the show feels surprisingly modern even today, forty years after it went off the air.
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• A different kind of work-life balance. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that young female professionals tend to play down their ambitions around men—but only if they’re not in serious relationships. In the experiment, single female students were the only group that was more likely to report lower salary expectations, a willingness to work fewer hours, and a desire to travel less often when they knew their answers would be shared with their classmates rather than kept private.
• Brewer joins a brewer. Starbucks is appointing three new board members—including Sam’s Club chief Rosalind Brewer (who will step down as CEO of the bulk retailer on Feb. 1). With the additions, the Starbuck’s board will be 29% female and 36% ethnic minority.
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• The popular vote. While President Trump’s approval ratings are at a record low, his wife and daughter are polling relatively well. In a Morning Consult/Politico poll, 47% of respondents said they have a positive view of Melania Trump (32% do not), while 49% think favorably of Ivanka (30% do not).
• A Williams will win. Both Williams sisters are proceeding to the singles finals of the Australian Open. Venus v. Serena face-offs were once a staple in major tournaments, but this will be the first since Wimbledon in 2009. “I just feel like, no matter what happens, we’ve won,” said Serena Williams, the younger of the two. The match takes place Saturday.
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• Flat out wrong. After the case of a London woman being sent home without pay for refusing to wear heels to her temp receptionist job went viral, the U.K. Parliament’s committee has conducted an inquiry into discriminatory dress codes. The group found that the problem is widespread, writing that they heard from “hundreds of women who told us about the pain and long-term damage caused by wearing high heels for long periods in the workplace, as well as from women who had been required to dye their hair blonde, to wear revealing outfits and to constantly reapply make-up.”
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Andi Owen, global brand president of Banana Republic, will leave the company in late February.
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• Dress to impress. Hervé Pierre, who designed Melania Trump’s inauguration outfit, talks about working with the first lady to create her gown. Asked about other designers who have declined to dress Trump, Pierre said, “That’s the good thing about this country: we are all equal, but we are definitely not the same. I’m not doing politics, I’m doing dresses.”
• Small biz bummer. Fortune‘s Jeremy Quitter explains how the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR-7), which the House passed 283-183 on Tuesday, would deter small employers from offering comprehensive reproductive health care coverage in their insurance plans.
• Buh-bye! Nebraska state senator Bill Kintner (R) stepped down yesterday after retweeting a message that implied that participants in the Women’s March on Washington were too unattractive to be sexually assaulted.
• Trolling Simon & Schuster. Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay pulled her newest book from Simon & Schuster after the publisher gave conservative writer and notorious internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos a $250,000 book deal.
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