What Susan Wojcicki wants

By Kristen Bellstrom
May 4, 2017

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton’s emails are back in the headlines (yes, again!), Intel’s top female exec is taking a leave of absence, and Val reports that Susan Wojcicki wants President Trump to pass a paid leave law. Enjoy your Thursday.


EVERYONE'S TALKING

• What Wojcicki wants. Yesterday morning, I had to pleasure of attending an intimate breakfast conversation with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and CNN’s Poppy Harlow. The two women talked about everything from Wojcicki’s early career (she was the 16th employee at Google) to her current mission: increasing gender diversity in tech. A few months ago, the she announced that under her watch, the share of women at YouTube has increased from 24% to 30% of the organization.

However, the real issue on everyone’s minds—as it has been since November 8th—was politics. When Harlow asked Wojcicki about the number one thing she wants from the Trump administration, the CEO didn’t skip a beat: “Paid leave.”

“Paid leave is a not just a mother and child issue, it’s a societal issue we have,” Wojcicki said, adding that the lack of it is a “huge issue for keeping women in the economy.” The Google executive—who also happens to be a mother of five children—noted that a quarter of American women go back to work just ten days after giving birth. “How can that be good for babies? How can that be good for breastfeeding? We’re paying for it in all these health costs as opposed to just giving women the time to be at home and recover, bond with their babies,” she said.

While paid leave is at the top of the priority list for her personally, she conceded that it’s not necessarily the biggest issue for Google as a company. “H1B visas, patent reform, and net neutrality” are what the corporation is currently focusing on, she said. On the other hand, she cares deeply about affordable child care and science and tech education.

It’s still unclear whether Wojcicki will be part of President Trump’s American Technology Council, which the White House announced Monday. The CEO said has “not yet” been asked to join, and if she were to be invited, her decision about whether to participate would depend on “the agenda and what’s being planned.”

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ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• A serious printer problem. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, FBI Director James Comey testifies that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin made a practice of forwarding Clinton’s emails to her husband Anthony Weiner to print. Some of those emails, says Comey, contained classified information.  Fortune

• Bryant takes a break. Diane Bryant, president of Intel’s Data Center Group and No. 44 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, is taking a leave of absence for at least the next six months to attend to an undisclosed personal matter. Fortune

• The fastest 50. A new ranking from WPO and Amex runs down the 50 fastest-growing women-owned companies. At No. 1: Orangetheory, the boutique fitness studio chain founded by Ellen Latham. Fortune

• 1,000 and counting. Mic is challenging the fallacy that there “aren’t enough” qualified women to make tech panels more gender balanced. The publication has released a Google doc with the names of more than 1,000 women with verified industry expertise. Mic

• Bodies in motion. This fascinating package digs into the complicated ways body image plays out for female athletes. It includes a survey of D1 college athletes (35% of whom say they have a team member with an eating disorder), the tale of former Olympic gymnast Kristen Maloney, who underwent eight surgeries while competing, and a gorgeous photo gallery of women and their impressive muscles.  ESPNW

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Baidu CFO Jennifer Li is leaving her post to become CEO of Baidu Capital, the company’s new investment arm.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The best job on TV? While Kelly Ripa has found success with Live, the recent drama around who would become her co-host prompts the Washington Post to ask whether Kelly can “really remain content in what her close friend Anderson Cooper calls ‘the best job on TV’? What does Kelly Ripa want?” Washington Post

• Skimm and snack. TheSkimm, led by co-founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, is expanding a program that organizes dinners where readers in various cities can meet and discuss their experiences with immigration. New York Magazine

• Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Speaking at the Planned Parenthood 100th anniversary gala on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton made reference to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic (and now Hulu show) The Handmaid’s Tale, telling the audience: “We can never let them grind us down.” Fortune

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ON MY RADAR

Under the GOP’s health plan, sexual assault would be a preexisting condition  Mic

Theresa May accuses the EU of meddling in the upcoming British election  Washington Post

Nicole Richie gloriously reinvents herself (again)  Refinery29

The working family has changed. Why hasn’t the workforce?  Bloomberg


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