Good morning, Broadsheet readers! MPWs gather in Hong Kong, we meet the first black woman elected president of the Harvard Law Review, and Uber hits yet another pothole. Have a productive Tuesday.
• An Uber ouster. More bad news for Uber: Amit Singhal, the company’s SVP of engineering, has resigned at the request of CEO Travis Kalanick.
Singhal’s ouster came after Uber execs were alerted—via a report from Recode‘s Kara Swisher—that sexual harassment allegations were made against the engineer during his tenure at Google (Singhal worked at the internet giant as VP of search for 15 years before resigning in February 2016.) Apparently, an internal investigation found the charges against Singhal “credible” and Google was prepared to fire him had he not resigned. Recode reports that Singhal has denied harassment claims.
It’s a bit of understatement to say that the reveal comes at a difficult time for Uber, which is in the midst of a high-profile investigation into separate sexual harassment claims and deep concerns about its HR practices and company culture.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Engineered for success. If you’ve been despairing about women in tech lately (see above), take a moment to read this Business Insider list of the “43 most powerful female engineers of 2017.” Here are just a few of the women spotlighted: Slack VP of product April Underwood, Airbnb engineering manager Surabhi Gupta, Linkedin senior software engineer Kamilah Taylor, and Apple VP of iPhone Operations Priya Balasubramaniam.
• Hanging in Hong Kong. Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International Summit is taking place in Hong Kong today. The lineup includes big names in Asia business, from industries including hospitality (Emily Chang, chief commercial officer, Greater China, InterContinental Hotels Group), finance (Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, State Bank of India), tech (Tan Le, CEO, EMOTIV) and more.
• Liz’s plus one. Elizabeth Warren is stirring the pot again. The Massachusetts senator has invited an Iraqi refugee to accompany her to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, which takes place today. She’s one of a few Massachusetts Congress members planning to use their guest passes on Americans who could be adversely affected by Trump’s policies.
• Legal eagle. ImeIme Umana, the first black woman elected president of the Harvard Law Review, talks about the way women of color have been “systematically excluded from the legal landscape,” her dream of becoming a public defender, and Sandra Bland and other black women whose “relationship with the law was just tragic.”
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• Women on Girls. Did you catch the latest episode of Girls? If not, you may want to hold off on these spoiler-chocked pieces. But if you (like me) were glued to the riveting and ambitious half hour—which tackles issues of sexual assault, power dynamics, and consent—I suggest taking a moment to read what The New Yorker‘s Emily Nussbaum and Time‘s Eliana Dockterman have to say about it.
• Sweating like a Supreme. Politico’s Ben Schreckinger attempts to investigate “the world’s most important workout,” by spending a day sweating it out under the direction of Bryant Johnson—best known as the trainer of SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
• Another Conway controversy. This photo of Kellyanne Conway on a couch in the Oval Office is sparking controversy on social media. Some Twitter users are saying her pose shows a “lack of decorum.” Others believe that if Conway were a man—and if she weren’t wearing a dress—there wouldn’t be much of a hubbub. What do you think? Email your responses to Val: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Pharma company Perrigo Co.’s longtime finance chief, Judy Brown, has resigned to join Amgen Inc. She will run its global business services unit and its internal audit function.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Not applauding for Affleck. Casey Affleck may have taken home the Best Actor Oscar, but Twitter users have not forgotten that two women who worked on the set of Affleck film I’m Still Here filed separate sexual harassment suits against the actor. (Several noted that presenter Brie Larson didn’t seem so excited about his win, either.)
• Wallet warrior. Meet Shannon Coulter, founder of the Grab Your Wallet campaign, which calls for a boycott against companies that sell any Trump-branded products—including those of Ivanka Trump.
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• Can’t win ’em all. Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey is walking back controversial comments she made this weekend. She told her team’s fans: “If somebody’s around you and they ever say, ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face.” Her remarks come as the school faces a lawsuit alleging that Baylor football players committed 52 sexual assaults over a four-year period.
• Job one. Speaking at a conference of the National Governors Association, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, called for fierce resistance to President Trump, but criticized her own party for not putting enough emphasis on jobs. “My own view is, we have to say: The whole game is job growth,” she said.
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