Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Past Ivanka Trump employees say she was reluctant to provide parental leave, Hillary Clinton says she lost the 2016 election in the final 10 days of the race, and Facebook’s engineering department may have a woman problem. Have a good Wednesday.
• Dislike. Last year, an analysis by a longtime engineer at Facebook revealed that code written by the company’s female engineers was rejected 35% more often than that of their male colleagues. Facebook officials then conducted their own review of the engineer’s study, which arrived at a different result. It found that the gap in rejection rates could be attributed to an engineer’s rank, not gender.
The Wall Street Journal spoke to experts and former employees about the studies, both of which have flaws: “The first may not have taken into account an engineer’s previous experience before joining Facebook, while the official analysis failed to offer enough data to conclusively rule out gender bias.”
Regardless of which analysis comes closer to the truth, it’s clear that Facebook needs to examine how gender plays into how engineers are treated at the company. Is women’s code being put under greater scrutiny than that of their male colleagues? Or is the social networking giant promoting female engineers more slowly than male engineers? Neither option is a good one.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Rehashing the race. Hillary Clinton spoke to Christiane Amanpour yesterday at a Women for Women event in New York, saying she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for losing the presidential election. She did, however, point to the roles that FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference played in the waning days of the campaign, telling the crowd that she believes that the final 10 days cost her the win. Meanwhile, Axios is reporting that Clinton will soon launch a PAC in order to act as “a quiet catalyst” for organizations she cares about.
• All eyes on Ivanka. This deep dive into Ivanka Trump’s “West Wing agenda” is filled with fascinating details. A few that leap out: Ivanka reportedly urged her dad to make a “full-throated” apology after the Access Hollywood tape came to light. When he refused, her “eyes welled with tears, her face reddened, and she hurried out in frustration.” More damningly, the story also quotes former Ivanka Trump brand employees who say that she was reluctant to grant maternity leave, as well as sources who say that, before starting her company, Trump “had not seemed especially focused on gender politics or policy.”
New York Times
• Decoding Code Eight. Jennifer Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway, gives Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya some hints about her stealth mode startup, Code Eight, which is the first portfolio company in Walmart’s new incubator.
• Food fight. Speaking at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Health conference in California, Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison talked about Big Food’s struggle to keep up with increasingly picky consumers.
• Kelly v. Putin. Megyn Kelly, who started her new job at NBC News this week, is scheduled to moderate a discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June.
The Hollywood Reporter
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• New face for NATO? Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), who was the first woman represent Texas in the US Senate, is reportedly the leading contender to become US Ambassador to NATO.
• Ruling out a run. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has squashed rumors that she’ll run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, saying: “I’m focused entirely on running for Senate, so yes, I’m ruling it out.”
New York Magazine
• Pen your own speech. National Front leader Marine Le Pen has admitted to plagiarizing parts of a speech she gave yesterday from former conservative candidate François Fillon.
• Take your mother to work day. Tracey Wigfield, who was one of the youngest writers on 30 Rock, is the creator and showrunner of a new NBC sitcom, Great News. The show was inspired by her uber-close relationship with her mom, Kathy Wigfield, who this story describes as “the only 61-year-old paralegal from suburban New Jersey who texts regularly with Mindy Kaling—her daughter’s former boss on The Mindy Project—and spent a family vacation at Disney World with [Tina] Fey.”
New York Times
• Make a beeline to Bentonville. Heading into year three May 2-7 The Bentonville Film Festival kicked off it’s third year yesterday and continues through May 7. Co-founded by Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater, the festival is devoted to bringing greater gender equality and cultural diversity to the film industry.
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