Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Another top exec is out at Fox News, an internal memo raises questions about the fate of Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn program, and Girls Who Code strikes a partnership with KKR. Have a wonderful Tuesday.
• Investing in girls. Girls Who Code has announced a new partnership with KKR—marking the first time the nonprofit has stuck such a deal with a private equity firm. Under the partnership, two KKR portfolio companies—First Data and GoDaddy—will host cohorts from Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program, a free, seven-week curriculum where rising high school senior and junior girls learn coding skills. The two tech companies will work with a total of 40 high school girls (about 1,600 attend the program nationwide), focusing on teaching the students web development and design, robotics, and mobile development.
KKR will also double any donations its employees make to the nonprofit during the month of May, and says it ultimately plans to expand the partnership to include more than 100 of its portfolio companies.
But when it comes to narrowing the seemly intransigent gender gap in tech, how big of an impact can a summer program really have? Just ask the young women who’ve been through the immersion program in the past: According to Girls Who Code, a full 93% say they’re more interested in pursuing a degree in computer science because of the experience.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Bye, Bill- Vol. 2… Fox News co-president Bill Shine has been ousted. The move comes after reports that female Fox employees had discussed circulating a petition calling for his firing and suggestions that the Murdoch family has been looking for a woman to takeover leadership of the network. With Shine out, Suzanne Scott, his No. 2, has been promoted to president of programming, but she does not exactly represent a clean break from the old Roger Ailes-run Fox; Scott has been cited in lawsuits against the network as a figure who enabled and concealed Ailes’s behavior.
• …and Falzone files suit. Meanwhile, former Fox News contributor Diana Falzone is the latest woman to file suit against the network. Falzone says Fox banned her from further appearances after she wrote an op-ed disclosing that she had endometriosis and was likely to be infertile.
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• Don’t let girls learn? CNN reported on internal memo stating that the Trump administration is discontinuing Let Girls Learn, Michelle Obama’s signature girls education initiative, which includes leadership camps, mentorship programs, school libraries and other resources intended to help 62 million adolescent girls attend and stay in school. The White House says the program has not changed, but did not say whether it would be maintained in the future or why the memo was sent.
• How Ivanka works. Ivanka Trump’s new book, Women Who Work, hit bookshelves today (after we published an exclusive first look in yesterday’s Broadsheet). Here are some of the biggest surprises the tome revealed about the first daughter. Here are some of her productivity tips.
• Fashion’s night out. The internet is inundated with photos of the 2017 Met Gala, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser (a.k.a. Anna Wintour’s party of the year). To get in on the water cooler conversation, check out what Vogue proclaims are some of the night’s best looks, this New York Times profile of Rei Kawakubo, the Comme des Garcons (CDG) founder and designer highlighted the Institute’s spring show, and Bloomberg‘s handy “faker’s” guide to talking about CDG.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts has appointed Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz to its board of directors.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Girls grow up. Wall Street’s Fearless Girl is back in the news after reports that the statue has provided its sponsor, State Street Global Advisors, with $7.4 million-worth of marketing and media exposure. In this op-ed, Christine Gallagher Kearney argues that much of the goodwill garnered by the statue comes down to the fact that it depicts a young girl. Were it a powerful woman, she say, the reception would have been far more conflicted.
• The princess of all media? Marci Turk, the COO of Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Satellite radio operations, has become something of a gatekeeper to the self-proclaimed king of all media and one of his most trusted advisers. Yet as she tries to broaden his appeal and soften his image, some fans are complaining Turk has cleaned up the shock jock and made him too politically correct.
• Truer than fiction. Fortune‘s Anne VanderMey reviews Doree Shafrir’s new book, Startup: A Novel. Though it treads familiar satirical ground, writes Anne, the book’s feminine perspective and smart take on tech’s gender dynamics elevates it above other Silicon Valley takedowns.
• Can I get a fact check? President Trump has named Teresa Manning as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, a role that oversees all federal family planning services. Manning is controversial choice—among other things, she once told NPR that “contraception doesn’t work.”
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