Hillary Clinton's next chapter
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. We get a glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s post-election life, Sofia Coppola captures the top honor at Cannes, and Penny Pritzker shares her biggest regret as commerce secretary. Have a great Tuesday.
• HRC’s next chapter. New York Magazine‘s Rebecca Traister takes us into “the surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.” With “no makeup and giant Coke-bottle glasses,” Traister notes, “Clinton appears now as she might have if she’d aged in nature and not in the crucible of American politics.” Despite not getting her hair done every day, however, the former secretary of state is clearly choosing to remain a public figure, giving interviews and speeches like Friday’s Wellesley College commencement address, in which she harshly criticized the president and drew parallels between Trump and former President Richard Nixon.
The profile has plenty of juicy details about Clinton’s current life in Chappaqua and her days on the campaign trail, but a few fresh tidbits that stood out to me were that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was one of the first to warn Clinton that her reception during the campaign would be frostier than the 69% approval rating she’d gained as secretary of state (“Sheryl was right-on”) and that, despite everything that she’s lived through, Clinton has never been in therapy. “Well, we had some marital counseling in the late ’90s, around our very difficult time, but that’s all,” she says. “That’s not how I roll.” New York Magazine
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Black women need backing. Black women are the most educated and entrepreneurial group in the U.S., yet they receive less than 1% of VC funding. And even when they do get funded, they get the short end of the stick, with the average round for black women totaling just $36,000 (the average white male startup founder gets an average of $1.3 million). Fast Company
• Coppola wins Cannes. Sofia Coppola became the second woman in the 70-year history of the Cannes Film Festival to win best director. She won for The Beguiled, a remake of a Southern gothic starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and set during the Civil War. New York Times
• Uber over it. The Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to getting more women into tech roles, has cut ties with Uber. The group told the ride-hailing company that their partnership was over due to “continuing allegations that Uber faces about the treatment of women employees as well as other business issues.” Fortune
• Find another excuse. During testimony in a Department of Labor suit accusing Google of widespread and systematic wage discrimination against women, the tech giant’s lawyers argued that continued compliance with government demands for salary records would be too expensive and complicated. The DoL’s lawyers pushed back, with one attorney saying the company “would be able to absorb the cost as easily as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water.” Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Padmasree Warrior, who heads the U.S. arm of Chinese electric carmaker NextEV, and Swedish investor Cristina Stenbeck are joining the board of Spotify.
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network—an online community of prominent people in business and beyond—for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• Calling out bias isn’t enough. Lila Ibrahim, COO at Coursera, says women need to find the root of gender stereotyping at work before they confront it. They can do that by having frank conversations with colleagues about their unconscious bias. Fortune
• Don’t play favorites. “Favoritism in the workforce is extremely cancerous,” writes Sandra Lopez, VP of Intel Sports Group. If you find yourself a frequent victim of favoritism, make sure not to delay—correct it as it’s happening. Fortune
• Off-balance. Carolyn Aronson, founder and CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare, says that if you find yourself checking emails in bed and compromising relationships, it’s probably time for a new job. “Consider if this imbalance is something you’re creating on your own to block out your misery, or if it’s a forced condition for survival at your company,” she says. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Pritzker’s one regret. Penny Pritzker, the former U.S. commerce secretary under Barack Obama, reflects on her time at the White House. She says her biggest regret is failing to pass the multilateral trade agreement Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress. “I worked my entire 3.5 years on that project and I think it is absolutely in the best interest of both the average American and American business,” she says. Axios
• Saving lives in VR. Australia’s University of Newcastle has launched a new virtual reality project that teaches midwives how to safely deliver babies in a “life-or-death situation.” The virtual environment places students in a “real-world delivery room” and requires them to act quickly to resuscitate a newly born child. Fortune
• The future of fashion. Rachna Bhasin, chief business officer of VR startup Magic Leap, talks to Miroslava Duma, founder of the venture capital fund and tech accelerator Fashion Tech Lab, about the intersection of tech and couture. Says Duma of the clothes of the future: “They will be made from the kinds of materials that harvest energy from the sun and wind, and can collect data from your body—the steps you take, the moves you make—and adjust your body temperature when you start to feel cold or warm.” Harper's Bazaar
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