Ivanka in the hot seat
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Amy Pascal talks about her post-hack, post-Sony career, sleeveless dresses get the cold shoulder in Congress, and Ivanka Trump takes the hot seat. Have a productive Monday.
• A seat at the table? Ivanka Trump sat in the hot seat this weekend when she briefly took her father’s chair at a G20 working session on “Partnership With Africa, Migration and Health” when the U.S. president stepped out of the room. Photographs show the first daughter sitting between British PM Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
A number of journalists and other observers decried the move as illustration of how the Trump administration has doled out power to the president’s unelected, unqualified family members. A senior European official who took part in the G20 talks told the Washington Post, “The very fact that his daughter is senior adviser smacks of the kind of nepotism not seen since John F. Kennedy named Robert F. Kennedy as attorney general.”
A White House official, meanwhile, said that Ivanka took the seat as the conversation shifted toward helping female entrepreneurs in Africa, one of her areas of focus as a presidential advisor; earlier that day, she and President Trump announced the United States’ $50 million commitment to a new World Bank fund dedicated to assisting female entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The first daughter also got some support from Angela Merkel, who told the AP that it’s common for delegations to choose other people to sit in on meetings in place of their respective leaders. “Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do,” said the German chancellor. “It is known that she works at the White House and carries responsibility for certain initiatives.” Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Getting the cold shoulder. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman breaks down the “no sleeveless” dress code that’s being enforced by the House of Representatives under Speaker Paul Ryan. The idea that women’s bare shoulders are somehow unprofessional seems surprisingly old fashioned, writes Claire—citing Ivanka Trump and Michelle Obama as regular shoulder revealers. For the female reporters who have been denied entry as a result of the policy, the shoulder ban is just another “arbitrary barrier for women who are simply trying to do their jobs.” Fortune
• Pascal gets a sequel. After being humiliated by the disclosures of the Sony hack—then, in February 2015, being fired by the studio—Amy Pascal has reinvented herself as a producer. Her company, Pascal Pictures, will deliver three films this year and has more than a dozen others in the works. New York Times
• Day O’Connor’s day. Friday was the 36th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice. To mark the occasion, Fortune pulled together a photo history of the women who’ve served on the nation’s highest court. Fortune
• Horror in Ghor. This story describes the harrowing risks of being a woman in Ghor, Afghanistan’s “capital of gender-based violence and abuse,” where “week after week there are reports of women abused or killed in Ghor by men who never face justice.” New York Times
• When less is more. Emma Stone told Out Magazine that some of her male co-stars have taken pay cuts to ensure that she receives equal pay. That sacrifice, she said, “changes my quote in the future and changes my life.” Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The Trump administration has named Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the public health commissioner of Georgia, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s top public health post.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• She rules. Today, the Senate is expected to approve Neomi Rao, an associate law professor, to lead an obscure but powerful White House agency called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In that role, she will approve government data collections and determine whether agencies have sufficiently addressed problems during rule-making—placing her at the heart of President Trump’s agenda to overhaul government rules and regulations. New York Times
• Kutcher punks himself. Last week, Ashton Kutcher announced plans to host an online discussion about gender equality at work—including proposed questions like, “What are the Rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?” After the Internet shamed the actor for his inane list of talking points, Kutcher responded, tweeting, “Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right.” People
• Allred returns. Famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred is back in the headlines—this time representing Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant, who alleges that Trump groped and kissed her without her consent in a hotel in 2007. When Zervos first came forward, Trump called her a liar, so Allred filed suit for defamation. This Guardian profile delves into the lawyer’s history—and the extensive list of famous men she has taken to court. The Guardian
• Brown steps down. Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals is reportedly planning to step down. Her departure will allow President Trump to begin remaking Washington’s second-most powerful court. WSJ
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