Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Rent the Runway moves into home decor rentals, IBM’s Ginni Rometty leads the push to pass the Equality Act, and Serena Williams helps us celebrate International Women’s Day. Have a powerful Friday.
• Serena celebrates IWD. Today is International Women’s Day. Are you feeling festive? You should. It’s an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women, and to call for even more action on gender equality. Fortune has a deep line-up of stories to commemorate the day, as you’ll see below, but we’re kicking things off with a word from someone who’s certainly racked up a lengthy list of achievements—on and off the court: Serena Williams, the tennis icon and board member of SurveyMonkey and Poshmark, is marking IWD with an op-ed for Fortune. Here’s a snippet:
Williams goes on to advocate for women’s support for other women, the break down of sexist double standards, and the end of penalties for new moms returning to work. You can read her entire op-ed here, but I’ll leave you with her rousing rallying cry: “We must band together and fight for what’s fair.”
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• Supercharge your IWD. This International Women’s Day, we’ve got a fun video series for you: superwomen! The videos feature members of Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women community talking about their superpower, showing off their power poses, revealing their nemesis, and more.
• Courageous CEO. In further celebration of the holiday, we’re kicking off a series of video interviews in which female executives and founders share a challenge they’ve faced—and how they overcame it. First up: Rana el Kaliouby, founder of Affectiva, on how she mustered the courage to say she wanted to be CEO of her company.
• Worth a thousand words. Fortune photo editor Alex Scimecca has compiled a collection of historical photos of women in the workforce to mark the day. Take a gander:
• Happy holiday. How is Berlin celebrating International Women’s Day? This year the German capital has made March 8 a public holiday for the first time, meaning most workers and students have today off.
• Lucky 13. Plus, the Google Doodle! This International Women’s Day, Google’s search page logo honors 13 impressive women with an interactive Doodle made by women. Among the women featured: American astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie, and Indian boxer Mary Kom.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass is joining the board of PepsiCo. Nordstrom’s Karen McKibbin takes over as president of the Chico’s brand. Anne Dinning went back to hedge fund D.E. Shaw as a member of its executive committee. Netflix VP of content Bela Bajaria will now lead the platform’s international non-English TV originals. Leonie Schroder and Deborah Waterhouse join the board of Schroders. Alicia Valencia joins Beautycon as president.
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• Rent the rug? Rent the Runway is moving into another kind of rentals: home decor. “The home used to be a private space. But now it’s a very public space,” CEO Jennifer Hyman says of the effect of social media. Rent the Runway enters its first category outside apparel and accessories through a partnership with West Elm.
• Rometty’s rally. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is leading a group of chief executives calling on Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would protect LGBT people from discrimination. On behalf of the Business Roundtable, she writes, “As employers, America’s leading companies know that our economy works best when our employees can be who they are, without fear of bias, discrimination, or inequality.”
• The Ilhan Omar story. Let’s talk about Rep. Ilhan Omar. A controversy has been brewing over charges of anti-Semitism against the Minnesota congresswoman, who is opposed to Israel’s policies in Palestine. Some have called her anti-Israel statements anti-Semitic, while others point out that Omar—a black woman—is facing a degree of scrutiny not applied to most other members of the House. This piece has a good play-by-play if you haven’t been following the story.
• The Queen has posted. Queen Elizabeth II has published her very first Instagram post. She didn’t make a new account—apart from the Royal Family account that already posts updates on her behalf—but there are photos of her pushing the “share” button herself from an iPad. The caption is signed “Elizabeth R.” for “Regina,” which is not a given middle name but instead means “Queen.”