Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Kellyanne Conway is hawking Ivanka Trump’s clothes, Snap Inc. clarifies the pay gap on its board, and soccer star Hope Solo is now a TV producer. Stay warm this weekend!
• Conway’s commercial. In a Fox & Friends segment Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway touted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line: “This is just wonderful line,” she told the show’s hosts. “I own some of it. I fully—I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
Political pundits were quick to call Conway’s “commercial” an ethics violation. Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labor under President Obama, tweeted out Conway’s statement next to a screenshot of the law he believes Conway broke. The law reads: “An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the gain of friends, relatives…”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Conway has been “counseled,” but House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says that’s not enough. Chaffetz says what Conway did was “wrong, wrong, wrong, clearly over the line, unacceptable.” This is the first time he has questioned an ethical matter during this administration.
Conway’s comments come after a number of retailers—most notably Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Shoes.com—have stopped selling Ivanka Trump’s clothing line in stores. Nordstrom was the latest to pull the line and has garnered the most attention thanks to a tweet Wednesday by President Trump, in which he said that his daughter has been “treated so unfairly” by the retailer.
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• Coles’ new contract. Last week, Fortune reported that Hearst Magazines chief content editor and Snap Inc.’s only female board member Joanna Coles was compensated the least out of the five directors who were paid in 2016. The company has now released an amended filing, disclosing Coles’ 2017 compensation, which makes clear that Coles’ previously reported pay left out a new four-year contract she signed last month. The new agreement puts her compensation on par with two other male directors at Snap.
• Watch these bills. During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign July, Ivanka characterized him as a champion of equal pay and paid maternity leave. Now, two bills introduced Thursday by Republican Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) targeting these issues will test whether Senate Republicans are supportive of the new president in this regard. The bills have been introduced two days after Democratic lawmakers Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) announced their own plan to introduce a bill for paid family leave a third time.
• A new Honest Co. CEO? Honest Company, which was co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, is reportedly overhauling its management team. The baby and beauty product maker’s board of directors have been “talking to top executives from consumer packaged goods companies to discuss roles on its management team and board” and the changes may include a new CEO.
• Canadian ladies. Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday that she opposes the idea of the U.S. imposing new border tariffs and would respond to any such move. The comments came after her first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In other lady-related news from our northern neighbor, Canadian politicians are reportedly dismayed at the idea of former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) becoming the U.S. ambassador to the country.
• A parallel mommy track. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to get more women in the workplace has prompted Japan’s big companies to introduce more generous maternity leave and shorter hours for those with young children. Now, some employers are looking to also support women who find the “mommy track” too slow, allowing them to return to work full-time while offering fathers shortened hours.
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• Can politics be fashionable? In a profile kicking off New York Fashion Week, Vogue editor Anna Wintour addresses the issue of how to get women excited about fashion at a time when they are paying so much attention to politics. “Designers don’t live in a vacuum, they are not blind to what’s going on,” she said. “They too will be inspired by what they see and that will come out in their work. The next few years are going to be incredibly creative.”
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• Solo’s new sport. Soccer star Hope Solo has signed a deal with INvelop Entertainment to develop unscripted TV content, the company announced Thursday. The Olympic medalist’s first project, which she will executive produce with her manager Tiffany Shine, is a new season of the sports medicine series The Cutting Edge.
• Give me a raise! A group of former cheerleaders has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging the league and its 26 member teams that employ cheerleaders actively conspired to underpay them and keep them from negotiating better salaries.
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