Good morning, Broadsheet readers! We meet Facebook’s second-longest tenured exec, continue to scrutinize the gender inequity in the top ranks of the legal community, and welcome the launch of another plus-size clothing line. I’m off for the next week, but I leave you in Val’s very capable hands. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
• Facebook’s good girl. In the latest issue of Fortune magazine, Val profiles Naomi Gleit, whose official title is Facebook’s vice president of social good, but whom CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently described as “the woman in charge of growing our community.” Though she’s not quite yet a household name, she holds the distinction of being Facebook’s longest-tenured employee—after Zuckerberg, of course.
In addition to being a key member of the company’s core growth team, which means she was responsible for helping Facebook reach the incredible milestone of two billion users last month, Gleit has led the charge on features like Safety Check, a tool that lets people in an area affected by a natural disaster or attack check in as safe, and Facebook’s fundraising tool, which makes it easier for nonprofits and individuals to raise money on the platform.
Addressing the firestorm of criticism levied against Facebook in the past year—between the proliferation of fake news and unexpected consequences of Facebook Live, which has seen the live-streaming of sexual assaults, murders, and police brutality—Gleit points out that “tech is not inherently good or bad.” It’s about how people use it. Her mission? “Maximize the good and minimize the bad.”
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• Inspecting stereotypes. We know that jobs are often gender-stereotyped—and that those stereotypes can affect who gets hired for a certain role and how much he or she is paid. But this new research takes that knowledge a step further, looking into how quickly these gendered ideas get attached to jobs in the first place and to what extent such stereotypes affect the level of authority and respect that people are willing to give someone who works in that job.
• Time for equity among equity partners. Given yesterday’s news that women are still struggling to make progress in high-powered legal jobs, this timing couldn’t be better: Working Mother has released its annual list of the best law firms for women. Among this year’s winning firms, women make up an average 20% of all equity partners and hold over a quarter of the seats on both the executive and finance committees.
• Objection! Speaking of attorneys, President Donald Trump has released the fourth wave of nominations for U.S. Attorney candidates (who are essentially the top lawyers in each federal district). Of the 29 nominees the president has selected so far, just one is a woman: Jessie K. Liu, the current deputy general counsel for the Treasury Department. She has been nominated for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
• Madame Governor? Krishanti Vignarajah, a one-time policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama, said Monday that she is “seriously considering” joining a crowded field of Democratic candidates running for Maryland governor. Five male Dems are already in the running and others, including Maya Rockeymoore, a policy expert and wife of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, are said to be weighing possible bids.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: GlaxoSmithKline has appointed former Wal-Mart Stores CIO Karenann Terrell to the new senior position of chief digital and technology officer. Ebony Media CEO Linda Johnson Rice has joined Tesla’s board as its second woman and first African-American.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Charlize goes Atomic. The Verge‘s Ross Miller argues that Atomic Blonde, which opens this Friday, marks Charlize Theron’s official ascension to action star. As someone who’s still in awe of her portrayal of Furiosa in Mad Mad: Fury Road, I’d quibble with the timing of his declaration, but either way, it’s great to see a woman dominating the historically male genre.
• Clicks and cash. Gaby Dunn, YouTube star and the host of the Bad With Money podcast, talks about the realities of making a living by creating digital content, women’s “invisible online labor,” and the importance of salary transparency in online work.
• Plus-size gets bigger. The market for plus-sized clothes keeps getting hotter: Bloggers Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason just launched Premme, a clothing line made up of 15 “un-basic basics” in sizes 12 to 30, priced from $30 to $89.
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