Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Hillary Clinton opens up about her marriage, Ivanka Trump is rallying support for child tax credits, and Rihanna is dominating fashion week. Have a terrific Thursday.
• FIRSTS. Today, our sister publication Time (Time and Fortune are both owned by the same parent company, Time Inc.) unveiled Time Firsts, a multimedia project featuring interviews with 46 groundbreaking women. A tremendous, company-wide effort, the project includes interviews with pioneering athletes, scientists, lawmakers, entertainers and entrepreneurs. A few of our favorite moments from the interviews below:
—Aretha Franklin, First woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
—Ava DuVernay, First black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
—Barbara Walters, First woman to co-anchor a network evening news program
—Ellen DeGeneres, First person to star as an openly gay character on prime-time TV
—Kellyanne Conway, First woman to run a winning presidential campaign
—Rita Dove, First black U.S. poet laureate
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Change is (for) good. Fortune‘s annual Change the World list is out and features a number of female-led companies. The businesses doing their part—and more—to make the world a better place include IBM (CEO Ginni Rometty), 23andMe (CEO Anne Wojcicki), Ant Financial (executive chairman Lucy Peng), and CH2M Hill (CEO Jacqueline Hinman).
• Roz joins the ‘Bux. Rosalind Brewer, the former CEO of Sam’s Club (Walmart’s wholesale business), will be joining Starbucks as COO. She is the first woman and first African-American to hold such a high position at the coffee company. While not the chief executive job Roz’s fans had been waiting for, this is welcome news in a year in which there is not a single black female CEO on the Fortune 500 list.
• Ivanka’s extra credit. Ivanka Trump held an off-the-record meeting with conservative activists to sell them on her idea of expanding the child tax credit. Trump would like to see the credit double from its current level of $1,000 annually to at least $2,000—with the extra money going back to taxpayers by reducing their payroll taxes. While the sit-down was reportedly a “cordial affair,” there’s one very big obstacle to convincing conservatives to sign on to the proposal: cost.
• Hill talks Bill. In her upcoming memoir What Happened, Hillary Clinton doesn’t solely focus on the 2016 election. She also writes extensively about her marriage to Bill Clinton: “There were times that I was deeply unsure about whether our marriage could or should survive…But on those days, I asked myself the questions that mattered to me: Do I still love him? And can I still be in this marriage without becoming unrecognizable to myself—twisted by anger, resentment, or remoteness? The answers were always yes.”
• Fenty dominates NYFW. New York Fashion Week begins today, and while a number of designers have opted out of the shows this season, one unlikely newcomer is filling the void: Rihanna. She’s expected to dominate the week-long event, first with the introduction of her first makeup line (Fenty Beauty), the Fenty Puma show, and finally with what The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman calls “the most buzzed-about blowout party of the week.”
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Penny Pritzker, who served as the Secretary of Commerce under President Obama, has joined the board of drone solutions company Measure. Susan Keating, president and CEO of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, will be the next CEO of WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, a global organization of women board members. Heather Tookes, Yale School of Management Professor of Finance, has been added to Ariel Investments’ board. Linda Crawford, a Salesforce veteran, is joining mobile software company Helpshift as CEO.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• What happened to my ambition? This New York Magazine thought piece resonated with many of our female Fortune colleagues. It attempts to solve the mystery of why “the well-employed, ambitious 30-year-olds of my acquaintance [are] feeling so adrift, as discontented as the balding midlife sad sacks whose cliché dissatisfactions made Updike rich?”
New York Magazine
• If only it were that easy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke yesterday about dealing with “alpha males,” saying that preparation was the key. “For me it’s always been important, and I won’t deviate from this, that I try to be as I am, and that I’m well prepared for the substance,” she said. Some in the U.S. might wonder if that’s enough, given that around this time last year, Hillary Clinton told then-campaign opponent Donald Trump: “You criticize me for preparing for this debate…And, yes, I did. Do you know what else I prepared for? I also prepared to be president.”
• Women who rock. This New York Times interactive boldly claims that “women are making the best rock music today.” The publication puts the spotlight on 25 female indie musicians, including Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan, Aye Nako, and Laetitia Tamko. Listen and judge for yourself.
New York Times
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